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2019 Year in Review

As 2019 comes to a close, we look back on highlights from the past year.

New Leadership

Lurdes Inoue and Timothy Thornton
Lurdes Inoue and Timothy Thornton

Lurdes Inoue was appointed the new Gilbert S. Omenn Endowed Chair in Biostatistics. She becomes the first woman to chair the department. Timothy Thornton succeeds Inoue as graduate program director.

Sample of 2019 Research News

  • UW Biostatistics faculty were among the world's most highly cited researchers for 2019
  • Department of Biostatistics faculty and alumni hold leadership roles with the new FDA Sentinel Innovation Center.
  • new study that found that a key Alzheimer’s gene acts differently in non-Europeans. Timothy Thornton was senior author of the study and co-authors included Andréa Horimoto and Ellen Wijsman.
  • Robyn McClelland and Kathleen Kerr led the Cohort Design Working Group for the wildly popular Dog Aging Project.
  • Marco Carone received a $2.7 million grant to develop novel statistical tools to more effectively describe the health effects of common medical therapies using data from electronic health records (EHRs).
  • Amy Willis was awarded a $1.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve statistical tools used to profile the microbiome using sequencing.
  • Ali Shojaie was among the recipients of an $800,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias through analysis of multi-omics data.

New Capstone Program

UW Biostatistics welcomed its first MS Capstone cohort in fall 2019. The new 18-month program awards a master of science in biostatistics degree for students who wish to enter the job market upon graduation.

Master of Science Capstone cohorts 2019
MS Capstone student cohort entering fall 2019

Sample of 2019 Awards & Recognition

Betz Halloran and Bruce Weir
Elizabeth Halloran and Bruce Weir


Family, friends, faculty and staff celebrated our 2019 Biostatistics graduates. From teaching college-level statistics to working as a data scientist at Microsoft, our newest alumni headed off to some exciting new opportunities.

Biostatistics students at 2019 dawg dash
Biostatistics students at the 2019 Dawg Dash

Overfit represented Biostatistics at the 2019 Dawg Dash team competition.

DiversiTEA gathering during autumn 2019
Faculty, staff and students at a DiversiTEA in 2019

UW Biostatistics Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee established weekly DiversiTEA gatherings as a means to connect students, faculty and staff.

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