Two people looking at a notebook and talking


The Department of Biostatistics at VCU is on the forefront of tackling analytical challenges in modern health sciences research.

Our faculty researchers belong to multidisciplinary teams in federally funded projects. We regularly partner with other VCU units, including Massey Cancer Center, the Wright Regional Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, and the College of Health Professions

Our focus includes:

  • Designing and helping conduct novel clinical trials for investigating potential cancer therapies
  • Collaborating with public health research teams on complicated hierarchical, multifaceted health problems
  • Training the next generation of biostatisticians, bioinformaticists and data scientists in methodological, collaborative and leadership skills

We also offer research services to VCU peers, including study design, data analytics and education. Learn more about our Biostatistical Consulting Laboratory or request services below.

Biostatistical Consulting Laboratory

Our consulting laboratory model is designed to simultaneously provide high quality service and train the next generation of researchers.

About the BCL

Faculty Research

Our faculty are actively engaged in research centers across VCU and serve as principal investigators on federally funded grants and contracts. Learn more about their expertise and how to engage them in your proposals.

About faculty research

Data Coordinating Center

You can't analyze what you don't collect.  Let our expert team sweat the data capture logistics so you can focus on the science.

About the DCC

By the Numbers - Computing Cluster

1400+ Cores

Intel Xeon 2.67GHz to 3.6GHz

60 Servers

Dell Power Edge

10+ TB

Random Access Memory

460+ TB

Shared high-speed storage

40 Gbps

InfiniBand network speed

Computing Cluster

We support our research and graduate programs with a 1336-core Linux Beowulf Cluster.  Software installed on the cluster includes: R 3.4.1 with the latest CRAN and BIOCONDUCTOR packages; C+/G+; Fortran, AVA, Perl, Python and Biopython compilers; SAS-9.4 for Linux 64bit; PLINK; HAPLO; Mathematica; and PBS Pro 12.1 (a portable batch system for clusters). Additional open source software is available upon request.

Request Assistance

Let us match you to the right collaborators.

Investigators are encouraged to request assistance several weeks or months before deadlines such as conference presentations to ensure enough time for collaboration.

Open request form

Collaborate With Us

Seeking funding? Already working with a faculty member and ready to submit a grant proposal? See how to properly include us on your request for funding.

Grant proposal guide