Schools and Departments

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health is recognized as an international, national and statewide leader in education, research and service. More than a century since founding as the University of Wisconsin Medical School, it is transforming into the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health, as it integrates the principles and power of traditional medical and public health approaches in all of our missions. This revolutionary synthesis seeks to develop new approaches for preventing, as well as diagnosing and treating illness, with a simultaneous focus on both individuals and populations.

The BMI Department maintains vigorous research collaborations with most clinical departments and many basic sciences Departments of the School, and is the home within the School for quantitative research methodology.

Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics, located in the College of Letters and Science, was founded in 1960 by Professor George Box and has consistently been rated among the top Statistics departments in the country. It currently has 22 regular faculty members and more than 125 graduate students. Many faculty members have joint appointments in other departments, including BMI. The Department is well known for its strong interplay between statistical theory, methodology, and practice. BMI has a long and robust relationship with Statistics that includes several jointly appointed faculty members and shared graduate training programs in Statistics with a Biostatistics Degree Option. Biostatistics faculty in BMI all have affiliate appointments in Statistics as part of our shared scholarly missions.

Department of Computer Sciences

Also located in the College of Letters and Science, and initially started in 1963 as the Department of Numerical Analysis, the Department of Computer Sciences is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country. It consistently ranks among the top ten computer sciences departments in the country, and has over 50 faculty members and over 180 graduate students. Faculty research areas include artificial intelligence, computational biology, database systems, and numerical analysis, among others. These areas have deep connections to those of BMI faculty in medical informatics, many of whom have affiliate appointments in CS. CS graduate students pursuing careers in biomedical informatics often work with BMI faculty for their thesis or dissertation work, and some BMI faculty regularly teach courses in the CS department.

Department of Population Health Sciences

The Department of Population Health Sciences in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is an interdisciplinary department with the goal of understanding, preserving, and improving the health of human populations and individuals. With strong representation of the fields of public health, epidemiology, and health services research, BMI and PHS maintain a very close connection in pursuing both educational and scholarly missions. Several of our faculty are jointly appointed, and the two departments share responsibility for the core biostatistics course sequences in PHS graduate programs and in the Masters of Public Health degree program.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering in the UW College of Engineering focuses on fostering leadership and creating engineering solutions for energy, health, information technology, nanotechnology, and security. ECE’s research and instructional expertise is particularly strong in six strategic impact areas: energy, health and bioengineering, computing and information, nanotechnology, security, and fostering tomorrow’s leaders. ECE’s research activities within these impact areas concentrate in four subdisciplines: computer engineering, applied physics, systmes, and power engineering. With one jointly appointed faculty member, BMI and ECE collaborate to support our mutual research and educational missions, specifically in the area of computational optics.

Institutes and Centers

Center for Genomic Science and Innovation

The Center for Genomic Science and Innovation comprises 20 faculty members representing over 17 departments, including BMI, and six schools within the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Genome Center fosters integrative and highly collaborative research that bridges multiple, diverse disciplines. Faculty members are involved in genomic research, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and pre- and post-doctoral training organized under four main divisions of study, including Genome Sequencing, Functional Genomics, Comparative Genomics, and Bioinformatics. Currently five BMI faculty members and many of their graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are co-located with the Genome Center in state of the art laboratories and office space of the University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center.

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

The NIH-CTSA funded University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) fosters an environment that transforms research into a continuum from investigation through discovery and to translation into real-life clinical and community practice, thereby linking even the most basic research to practical improvements in human health. ICTR is a partnership of five Schools and Colleges of UW-Madison, as well as the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.

The ICTR Biostatistics Core is fully operated by faculty and research staff in the BMI Department, and Department faculty and staff play a major role in the ICTR Biomedical Informatics Core as well. In a parallel fashion to UWCCC Cores, these cores provide biostatistics and biomedical informatics expertise to members of the UW and Marshfield communities in the design, conduct, and analysis of laboratory, genomic, clinical, health outcomes, and epidemiological studies with a special emphasis on translational research.

Morgridge Institute for Research

The Morgridge Institute for Research is an interdisciplinary research center aimed at improving human health by conducting, enabling and translating innovative, interdisciplinary biomedical research in partnership with the University of Wisconsin–Madison and others. Several BMI faculty members are engaged in deep and long-running collaborations with MIR challenge areas, especially in virology and stem cell research. MIR is the private half of the Discovery Partnership it pursues with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC)

The NIH-funded University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) is the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, the lead federal agency for cancer research. An integral part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UWCCC unites physicians and scientists who work together in translating discoveries from research laboratories into new treatments that benefit cancer patients.

The UWCCC Biostatistics Shared Resource and Cancer Informatics Shared Resource are fully operated by faculty and research staff in the BMI Department. In a fully collaborative mode, they provide biostatistics and biomedical informatics expertise to members of the UWCCC in the design, conduct, and analysis of laboratory, genomic, clinical, health outcomes, and epidemiological studies.

Waisman Center

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. One of only 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. Several BMI faculty working in areas such as medical imaging, genetics and genomics, and developmental psychopathology maintain rich collaborative research programs with Waisman faculty.

Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center combines academic, clinical, and research expertise from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin to create a total systems approach to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) diagnosis, treatment, education, and research. The expertise of the faculty and staff is augmented through their affiliations with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) and numerous community resources. BMI Department faculty and staff host and operate the Biostatistics Core of the ADRC.

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

The Wisconsin Institute for Discoveryis a transdisciplinary research institute focusing on the interfaces of computation, laboratory science, the humanities and entrepreneurship. Several of the WID theme areas, including Systems Biology, Optimization, the Living Environments Laboratory, and Epigenetics, have strong ties with BMI, including one BMI faculty member who is a full time WID appointee. WID is the public half of the Discovery Partnership it pursues with the Morgridge Institute for Research.