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 40 students and 70 faculty.
Students affiliated with legacy programs (i.e., those that existed before the GSBS program reorganization), may click here to find information about their program requirements.
Q&A with Quantitative Sciences grad Youyi Zhang, Ph.D.
In this interview, December 2018 graduate Youyi Zhang, Ph.D., shares how her education at the Graduate School helped her land a job in the pharmaceutical industry.
QS Program 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.
Graduate School faculty Lee named AAAS Fellow
J. Jack Lee, DDS, PhD, was one of two GSBS faculty members named a 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. The association recognized Lee for his outstanding seminal contributions to novel clinical trial designs and their applications in cancer research, particularly in taking Bayesian adaptive designs from theory to practice.
Scheet named 2019 Darlington mentor award winner
Faculty member Paul Scheet, PhD, is the recipient of the 2019 Paul E. Darlington Mentor Award for GSBS Faculty.
Scheet is a professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, with joint appointments in the Departments of Genomic Medicine and Translational Molecular Pathology.
At the Graduate School, he is affiliated with the Quantitative Sciences, and Genetics and Epigenetics Programs; he has been a GSBS faculty member since joining MD Anderson in 2008.