Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics  

Research opportunities currently available for Master's and Ph.D. students!



Biostatistics is a branch of applied statistics and is concerned with developing and using techniques to summarize and analyze medical and biological data.

The teaching and research programs prepare the student to be part of an interdisciplinary team for conducting medical and public health research. Students learn to extract and report data from existing databases, to create new databases as appropriate, and to analyze these data.  Advanced level students learn to address issues in the development and appropriate use of statistical methods. 

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biostatistics is to advance the discipline by training students in methods research and its application, conducting methodological and collaborative interdisciplinary research in the fields of public health and medicine, and by providing to the academic, research and professional committees.



New course offerings Spring 2015


Spr. Prerequisite: BIOS 6030 or equivalent, and BINF 6100 or background in molecular biology/genetics, genetic epidemiology, or equivalent or instructor's approval.  Course Description: The rapid development of bioinformatics technology brought us the age of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics.  The ability of the future nutritionists and healthcare professionals to optimize diet recommendation requires an understanding how nutrients affect gene expression, and how genetic variants are associated with a dietary response.  The course is a comprehensive overview of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics and their application for disease prevention and intervention.  Current and emerging tools for nutrigenetics/nutrigenomics research  will be introduced.  The lecture will also address how the nutrigenomics knowledge may potentially lead to personalized diet to prevent and improve nutritionally related disease, such as osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease , and inflammation disease.  Faculty: L. Zhao.  see learning objectives




Department of Biostatistics, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2001, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5164