Biostatistics Unit


The Biostatistics Unit if the CING has been established in 2019 and has as its main aim to promote the use of statistics in biomedical and health sciences. Furthermore, we aim to develop and apply cutting-edge statistical methods in order to understand complex biological and health problems and provide statistical support and consultancy throughout all phases of a project including study design, sample size and statistical power calculations and application of the appropriate statistical analysis techniques.

Our research lies in the fields of statistical genetics, epidemiology and genetic epidemiology of diseases with a focus on analysis of common and rare genetic variants identified through Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and next generation sequencing data. We are also interested in classification of Variants of Uncertain clinical Significance (VUS) in high risk genes and fine mapping of loci identified through genome wide scans. Other fields of interest include biomarker discovery, survival analysis, Bayesian statistics and forensic statistics.

The unit is also involved in the academic and teaching activities of the CING by supervising MSc and PhD students.