Welcome from the Chair

Shumei S. SunIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Department of Biostatistics in the VCU School of Medicine. Someday soon I hope I will be able to welcome you in person and introduce you to our faculty and students. VCU provides a stimulating academic environment, and the city of Richmond offers a wealth of cultural and historical treasures.

Our department is committed to excellence in providing a graduate training program, conducting multidisciplinary collaborative biomedical research and developing new statistical methods. Our department includes 21 full-time faculty members who are engaged in mentoring Ph.D. and master’s students, as well as three professional staff members. We have established strong collaborative research ties between the Department of Biostatistics and other departments and centers within the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Professions. Several faculty members hold joint appointments in other departments, and our faculty members participate in multidisciplinary teams in federally funded translational research projects across the university.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the biostatistics courses we offer at the graduate level and to discover the special expertise and research interests of each of our faculty members. I hope that you will use the website to find out how to apply to the department for graduate training and for employment opportunities within the department.

If you are a graduate of our department who has lost contact with us, or if you have information about a graduate who would like to re-establish contact with us, please call Yvonne Hargrove at (804) 828-9824. We will be pleased to hear from you and will get in touch with you.

Sincerely yours,

Shumei S. Sun, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biostatistics
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine