The MICHR Biostatistics Group provides state-of-the-art knowledge, service, education, and methodology in the areas of biostatistics and outcomes measurement.

We aim to:

  • increase access to design, measurement and analysis input, expertise and collaboration in clinical and translational research projects.
  • contribute to the education of clinical and translational researchers in statistical methods, experimental design, and scientific inference.
  • build a strong, versatile, and accessible biostatistics core of faculty and staff supporting clinical and translational research at the University of Michigan.
  • contribute to the administration of the CTSA.


How it works

Faculty and staff are available to provide design, measurement, and analysis consultation on intramural pilot grant proposals, extramural grant proposals, and funded pilot grant proposals. We can also collaborate with researchers on extramurally funded projects with appropriate salary coverage for faculty and staff.

The Biostatistics Group organizes short courses and participates in internal and CTSA-related educational and mentoring activities.

The Biostatistics Group faculty and staff contribute statistical and measurement methodological expertise relevant to CTSA activities.

Individuals serve on CTSA administrative boards, pilot grant proposal review, monitoring/oversight, DSMBs, etc.

BMC Services

The BMC facilitates identifying co-investigators for externally funded projects. In addition, we can provide:

  • pre-award consultation
  • design
  • analysis
  • post-award consultation
  • analysis services
  • interpretation of results
  • assistance with manuscript preparation
  • data management for studies


The following members of the faculty and staff are associated with the Biostatistics Group:

Alex Tsodikov, PhD (Biostatistics)
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Professor of Biostatistics
School of Public Health

Kelley Kidwell, PhD (Biostatistics)
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Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
School of Public Health

Cathie Spino, ScD (Biostatistics)
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Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Director of Statistical Analysis of Biomedical and Educational Research (SABER)
School of Public Health

Nahid Keshavarzi, MS (Biostatistics)

Shokoufeh Khalatbari, MS (Biostatistics)

Kuanwong Watcharotone, PhD (Biostatistics)

In addition to the core staff in MICHR, the Biostatistics Group draws on expertise from other groups supporting statistics at the University of Michigan, including School of Public Health Statistics, School of Public Health Epidemiology, Institute for Social Research, Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR), and MICHR's Clinical Research Management and Education and Mentoring group. 

Getting Help
Please contact Mary Phelps, Core Manager (below). Another common way to access the BMC for pre-award assistance is through the Research Development Core at 734.998.7474.

For more information about our services, please email us at or contact:

Mary Phelps, MPH
Administrative Director
734.763.1745 voice, 734.998.7228 fax

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