Chiara Sabatti, Faculty Director of our longstanding Workshop in Biostatistics Series, attends the 2018 Symposium. 

Workshops in Biostatistics (BIODS/STATS 260)

Open to enrolled students and all members of the Stanford community.

Receiving Credit for Attending a Workshop Seminar

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

Suggestions and self-nominations for seminar speakers and topics are welcome.

The Workshop is held from 2:30-3:50pm.

Spring 2021 workshops will be held remotely via Zoom. Contact Katie Kanagawa ( for Zoom dial-in details.

Spring 2021 Calendar


Hilary Finucane, Co-Director of the Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute

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Leveraging local and polygenic signal for GWAS gene prioritization

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Julia Salzman, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford

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RNA splicing at single cell resolution

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Biomedical Data Science Seminar

Hongzhe Li (Lee), Perelman Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Interrogating the Gut Microbiome: Estimation of Bacterial  Growth Rates  and  Prediction of Biosynthetic Gene Clusters

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4/22 Katie Pollard, Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Institute for Human Genetics, and Institute for Computational Health Sciences, UC San Francisco CellWalker: a network model to resolve gene regulatory elements in single cells
4/29 Vineet Bafna, Professor of Computer Science, UC San Diego Health Sciences Extrachromosomal and other mechanisms of oncogene amplification in cancer
5/6 Chunhua Weng, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University TBA

Peter Szolovitz, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Biomedical Data Science Seminar

Susan Murphy, Professor of Statistics and of Computer Science, and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University TBA
5/27 Jian Ma, Associate Professor, Computational Biology, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University TBA
6/3 Molly Przeworski, Professor of Biological Sciences and of Systems Biology, Columbia University TBA