About Us

The Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics (BMI) is an innovative and productive basic science department integral to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health (UW SMPH), an academic medical center. BMI is a leading research hub and training center for biomedical data sciences, including biostatistics and biomedical informatics. BMI investigators are engaged in basic discovery science, clinical trials, image analysis, genomics, computational biology, and population studies, and they advance research throughout the SMPH. This research is often multi-faceted and collaborative, and faculty have joint appointments with many other campus units: Statistics, Computer Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Morgridge Institute of Research, and the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery.

PhD in Biomedical Data Science

The current explosion of biomedical data, including Electronic medical records (EHR), biomedical imaging, and genomics/proteomics/metabolomics, provide an awesome opportunity to improve understanding of the mechanisms of disease and ultimately to improve human health care. The Doctoral Degree Program in Biomedical Data Science will provide you with a unique blend of skills including programming, data management, data analysis, and machine learning. Successful graduates will be prepared to fully harness the power of high-dimensional, heterogeneous data. Potential students include both students with bachelor’s degrees in an area of data-science (e.g., computer science, statistics), as well as health professionals, clinicians, and others with degrees related to biomedicine (e.g., biology, biochemistry, genetics). Consider applying today!

Predoctoral Training Program in Bio-Data Science (BDS)

Research to improve the analysis of big biomedical data is active at the interface of computer sciences, statistics, and various biomedical disciplines, including genomics, molecular biology, neuroscience, cancer research, and population health. The mission of the Bio-Data Science (BDS) training program is to provide predoctoral research training at this interface, preparing graduate students for key roles in academia, industry, or government. Read More

News and Events

  • BMI seeking faculty

    BMI is hiring multiple faculty in a range of areas, from clinical biostatistics, to machine learning, to computational biology/data science in metabolism. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and BMI are also jointly hiring for a machine …

  • Congratulations to Chaoqun Mei

    Congratulations to Chaoqun Mei who has been accepted as a student scholar for the 2019 Deming Conference!

  • BMI Affiliate Prof. Guilherme Rosa advances big-data methods for precision livestock farming.

    Grow magazine, published by the UW College of Agriculture and Life Sciences featured BMI affiliate professor Guilherme Rosa’s research on using big data methods for precision livestock farming. Professor Rosa developed tools that combine big …

  • 2019 DeMets Lecture Series

    Please join the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics and colleagues for the 2019 DeMets Lecture Series, featuring J. Richard Landis, PhD, on November 7 and 8. Professor Landis will give two lectures: one technical …

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