What do Biostatisticians do?
Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.
- Design research studies in collaboration with physicians, life scientists, or other professionals.
- Draw conclusions or make predictions based on data summaries or statistical analyses.
- Provide biostatistical consultation to clients or colleagues.
- Write detailed analysis plans and descriptions of analyses and findings for research protocols or reports.
- Analyze clinical or survey data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed effect modeling, logistic regression analyses, and model building techniques.
- Review clinical or other medical research protocols and recommend appropriate statistical analyses.
- Prepare statistical data for inclusion in reports to data monitoring committees, federal regulatory agencies, managers, or clients.
- Calculate sample size requirements for clinical studies.
- Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, and talk with colleagues to keep abreast of methodological or conceptual developments in fields such as biostatistics, pharmacology, life sciences, and social sciences.
- Determine project plans, timelines, or technical objectives for statistical aspects of biological research studies.
- Prepare articles for publication or presentation at professional conferences.
- Write program code to analyze data using statistical analysis software.
- Prepare tables and graphs to present clinical data or results.
- Assign work to biostatistical assistants or programmers.
- Plan or direct research studies related to life sciences.
- Collect data through surveys or experimentation.
- Write research proposals or grant applications for submission to external bodies.
- Monitor clinical trials or experiments to ensure adherence to established procedures or to verify the quality of data collected.
- Develop or implement data analysis algorithms.
- Teach graduate or continuing education courses or seminars in biostatistics.
- Apply research or simulation results to extend biological theory or recommend new research projects.
- Develop or use mathematical models to track changes in biological phenomena such as the spread of infectious diseases.
- Design or maintain databases of biological data.
- Design surveys to assess health issues.
- Analyze archival data such as birth, death, and disease records.
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