Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

The purpose of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics shared resource is to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary collaboration in the design and analysis of clinical, preclinical and epidemiologic investigations as well as experiments that involve data from high throughput technologies.

The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics shared resource has an overall goal to provide statistical consultation and collaboration on the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of all Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University investigators' research activities.

The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics support is critical to most all of the peer-reviewed funded investigators at Winship, and both fields play a fundamental role in pre- and post-funding award stages of cancer research studies.

Our shared resource is recognized as an essential element of research infrastructure at Winship by way of collaboration and consultation with other Winship investigators in the design, conduct and analysis of cancer-related clinical, preclinical and epidemiological investigations. These collaborations lead to the application and development of innovative statistical methodology and summarization of results to address cancer research.

Capabilities and Services

Services include:

  • Provide consultation and collaboration regarding study design (e.g., validity of design, feasibility of meeting objectives, sample size, projection of study duration).
  • Make recommendations concerning key infrastructure (data management and computer systems support.
  • Conduct data analysis, prepare reports and assist with manuscript writing.
  • Develop novel biostatistics and bioinformatics methods.
  • Review proposals for clinical cancer-related studies within the context of the clinical trials review committee.

Collaborations within Winship and in the larger university community are supported by collaborative grants or fee for service.

Publication Acknowledgement Policy

The National Cancer Institute requires that publications acknowledge the Winship Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), and it is tracking compliance. If a Winship Cancer Institute CCSG-supported Shared Resource provided data, designed the study, performed analyses, provided results used in your publication, and/or provided any systems or services that were used for the work that resulted in your publication, please include the following statement in the acknowledgment section of your publication(s):

Research reported in this publication was supported in part by the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics shared resource of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and NIH/NCI under award number P30CA138292. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Contact Information

Felicia West, Program Coordinator
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
718 Gatewood Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 778-2249
Fax: (404) 778-5016
Email: felicia.west@emory.edu

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Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen, PhD

Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen, PhD

Associate Research Professor, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Shared Resource
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

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Yuan Liu, PhD, MS

Yuan Liu, PhD, MS

Assistant Research Professor, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Shared Resource
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Liu translates state-of-the-art statistical techniques to address the scientific questions raised in clinical practices by integrating her expertise and innovation through collaborations.

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Jeffrey Switchenko, PhD, MS

Jeffrey Switchenko, PhD, MS

Assistant Research Professor, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Shared Resource
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Switchenko collaborates on clinical and genomic study design and analysis, and seeks to apply Bayesian methodology to a wide variety of cancer research projects ranging from cancer prevention and control to genomic studies.

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