The Biostatistics Branch (BB) in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), NCI, NIH and the Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) have created a joint pre-doctoral pilot program to train biostatistics students in the area of cancer epidemiology and genetics. It is hoped that this four-year pilot program will lead to a future, long-standing training program between the two institutes.


Eligible candidates are students who are either applying to JHSPH to begin their Ph.D. training in biostatistics in the Fall of 2009 or who are outstanding Ph.D. candidates already enrolled in the JHSPH doctoral program in biostatistics.  Up to two students will be selected per year with a targeted total enrollment of four trainees.


Trainees spend the first two academic years in-residence at JHSPH with summers spent gaining research experience with BB investigators in the DCEG at NCI.  The three-year dissertation phase is spent full-time at NCI, where salaries/stipends will be paid by NCI commensurate to its pre-doctoral program. Faculty from JHSPH and the DCEG provide joint mentorship of trainees throughout their course of study. 


For more information on this new initiative, feel free to contact Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee, Chief of BB, DCEG and Prof. Kung-Yee Liang, Co-Graduate Program Director, Department of Biostatistics, JHSPH.