Workshop in Biostatistics (BIODS/STATS 260)

Students who wish to receive two credits need to write an essay summarizing one of the seminars and discussing it critically in the context of the background readings.


Medical School Office Building (MSOB)
Rm x303, 1265 Welch Road, Stanford

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

September 28 - December 7, 2017

Date Speaker Title of Talk


Mike Baiocchi
Assistant Professor
Stanford Prevention Research Center (Primary) and,
by courtesy, Depts of Statistics and Health Research & Policy, Epidemiology
A Behavior-Based Intervention that Prevents Sexual Assault: The Results of a Matched-Pairs, Cluster-Randomized Study in Nairobi, Kenya
(Abstract and suggested readings)
10/5 Aaditya Ramdas
Postdoctoral Researcher
Postdoctoral Researcher, Statistics and EECS, UC Berkeley
DAGGER: A sequential algorithm for FDR control on DAGs
(Abstract and suggested readings)
10/12 Joanna Mountain
Senior Director, Research
23andme Inc.
Big Genetic Data - Biostatistics Research at 23andMe

Erin Mordecai
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Stanford

Exploring multiple approaches to inferring environmental drivers of dengue dynamics
(Abstract and suggested readings)

Vladimir Minin
Professor of Statistics
University of California, Urvine

Statistical challenges and opportunities in infectious disease modeling
(Abstract and suggested readings)
Gill Bejerano
Associate Professor
Computer Science, Developmental Biology and
Pediatrics (Medical Genetics), Stanford
Naive statistical tests in the quest for the meaning of life, the universe and everything
(Abstract and suggested readings)
David Rehkopf
Assistant Professor of Medicine
(Primary Care and Population Health) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology), Stanford
Machine learning approaches to understanding heterogenous effects of social policy on health
(Abstract and suggested readings)
Shannon McCurdy
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Berkeley
Column subset selection for single-cell RNA-Seq clustering
(Abstract and suggested readings)

Special seminar

Jianqing Fan
Professor of Statistics
Director of Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Princeton University

@LKSC 306

Guarding against Spurious Discoveries in High Dimension
Dennis Wall
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Systems Medicine), of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
Statistical learning approaches to understand the genetic and phenotypic complexity of autism
(Abstract and suggested readings)
Sarah Tariq
Technical Lead /Manager
Deep learning: fundamentals and applications
(Abstract and suggested readings)
12/14 No Workshop

End of Fall Quarter