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

    • Director; Associate Professor Biostatistics
    Headshot of Shing Lee
  • Ying Kuen Cheung

    • Co-Director for Trial Design and Innovation; Interim Chair and Professor Biostatistics
  • Cheng-Shiun Leu, PhD

    • Co-Director for Consultation; Professor of Biostatistics

Faculty Biostatistical Consultants:

Qixuan Chen, PhD

Bin Cheng, PhD

Pamela Factor-Litvak, PhD

Shing Lee, PhD

Cheng-Shiun Leu, PhD

Caleb Miles, PhD

Min Qian, PhD

Wei-Yann Tsai, PhD


Jimmy Duong, MPH

Weijia Fan, MS

Aijin Wang, MS

Vivian Zhang, MS

Data Management / REDCap Team: 

Richard Buchsbaum

Christopher Wilcosky

Administrative Support:
Sonia Lyn

Education Team:

Lisa Bates, PhD

Luliana Lonita-Laza, PhD

Martina Pavlicova, PhD