Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) provides a wide range of design, statistical, analytical, and database management/REDCap support services to assist Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) faculty members in garnering grant support and publishing study results. In addition, BERD offers a range of educational activities including monthly lectures and mini-courses. These services are provided in conjunction with the Department of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health and Training and Education (TRANSFORM).

Consultation Services

Educational Activities

BERD is staffed with a very experienced team of experts including various faculty members in the Department of Biostatistics of the Mailman School of Public Health, and master's level biostatisticians. We have provided more than 2,000 consults since our inception.


  • Shing Lee, PhD


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  • Cody Chiuzan, PhD

    Co-Director for Educational Initiatives

    Headshot of Cody Chiuzan.

Faculty Biostatistical Consultants:
Qixuan Chen, PhD
Shing Lee, PhD
Cheng-Shiun Leu, PhD
Bruce Levin, PhD
Gen Li, PhD 
Wei-Yann Tsai, PhD

Jimmy Duong, MPH
Weijia Fan, MS
Vivian Zhang, MS

Data Management / REDCap Team: 
Richard Buchsbaum
Ben Akyuz

Administrative Support:
Sonia Lyn

Education Team:
Codruta Chiuzan, PhD
Christine Mauro, PhD
Martina Pavlicova, PhD
Serena Zhan, MS