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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Leadership & Staff

​The staff of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource (BBSR) are specialized as biostatisticians and bioinformaticians for the BBSR and for SPORE. Prior to contacting a member of the BBSR, be sure to identify his or her expertise. 

Edward J. Bedrick, PhD. 

Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics (DBI) of the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH). His methodological research spans a wide range of areas that are applicable in cancer research, including survival analysis, linear, logistic and mixed models and Bayesian modeling. In addition to directing the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource, Bedrick serves on the Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS) Committee, the Data Safety and Monitoring Committee (DSMC) and is involved in the Investigator Initiated Trials (IIT) efforts at the CUCC. 


Jud Blatchford, PhD.

Assistant professor in DBI of the CSPH, with expertise in the design of Phase II and III trials, particularly in chemoprevention. 


Dexiang Gao, PhD. 

Assistant professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Pediatrics. She serves on the PRMC, and is an active collaborator with CUCC members on multiple projects, including in breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and lung cancer. Her primary area of expertise is the design of early phase trials and in correlative gene expression studies for Phase I and II trials. Dr. Gao is also a member of the biostatistics core of the Lung SPORE. 


Debashis Ghosh, PhD.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. Ghosh’s research interests involve two tracks: modeling of genomic data and research methodology in biostatistics, primarily with applications to cancer research. The former has dealt primarily with applications to oncology, and Ghosh was involved with the development of the statistical methods for ONCOMINE, an online data-mining platform used in cancer research and genetics.  Research in biostatistical methodology has been based primarily in statistical methods for evaluation of biomarkers in cancer research, for which Ghosh has been funded by an R01 over the last six years.   


Xian Lu, MS.

Full-time Senior Professional Research Assistant in biostatistics with the CUCC. She is primarily funded by the CCSG, but also works with investigators in the Lung SPORE. Ms. Lu has expertise in general statistical methods, SAS programming, and data management.