Research Groups

Section of Genetics - Biostatistics Group


The biology of cancer is complex, so observations will always involve an element of chance. This is true to varying degrees across the spectrum of biomedical research, from laboratory measurements to observational epidemiology. The role of biostatistics is to correctly account for this random element in data, so as to avoid mistaken conclusions so far as possible.

While some methods of statistical analysis can be reduced to simple algorithms in computer packages, the reality of how data is obtained is often complex, and the correct selection of analysis methods requires a thorough understanding of the principles and assumptions inherent in various standard methods, as well as the possibility of creating new methods to fit new applications.