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Quantitative Sciences

The study of biostatistics, bioinformatics, systems biology and genomics focuses on developing and applying statistical and mathematical models in close collaboration with biomedical researchers. The mission of the Program in Quantitative Sciences is to train researchers who will contribute to biomedical research by developing new methods for the design and analysis of research studies and by formulating mathematical models of biologic systems, thereby contributing to our understanding of cancer biology and disease processes. The Quantitative Sciences Program currently has around 50 students and 70 faculty.

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Quantitative Sciences Spotlight

Recognizing Dr. Prahlad Ram’s directorship

Prahlad T. Ram, PhD, served as the program director of the Quantitative Sciences (QS) Program from November 2016 through August 2020. During his tenure as director, he implemented many improvements to the program and lead the program to achieve many accomplishments.

The QS Program, formally known as Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, has grown massively since 2017, with an increase of 115%, and has had 16 graduates in the last four years. These graduates have gone on to careers in academia at Yale University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Others have pursued careers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and pharma-biotech companies such as AstraZeneca, Merck, AbbVie, and Novartis.

During his leadership, Ram developed and ran the QS Seminar Series course. This bi-weekly series gives students the opportunity to present their research projects in front of their peers and program faculty, allowing them to hone their presentation skills and building up their confidence. Also under his directorship, the QS program had the opportunity to offer off-site retreats at places such as some of Minute Maid Park, NASA, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Ram recognized the importance of students traveling to conferences to give talks and present posters as a vital part of their education. Each year, a sizeable portion of the QS program budget was allocated to provide $500 student travel awards.

Program students describe him as a very active director who is always supportive of student initiatives and are very appreciative of his guidance and leadership.


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For questions regarding the curriculum for the Quantitative Sciences program, please email


Dr. Traver Hart

Program Director

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Dr. Nidhi Sahni

Program Co-Director

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Dr. Peng Wei

Program Co-Director


Nicolle Patterson

Program Manager
Phone: 713-500-9886
BSRB S3.8452 (MDACC Unit 1011)