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Debashis Ghosh, PhD

Chair - BIOS Department, Professor

Debashis Ghosh, PhD

In 2014 ​Debashis Ghosh, PhD, stepped into the role as the chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, one of the five departments within the Colorado School of Public Health.

He is responsible for planning, managing and implementing the academic, service and research initiatives of the department including collaborations between biostatistics faculty and students, and with the school’s institutional, public and community health research partners in the region. He also is an associate director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Research Interests

Modeling of genomic data and research methodology in biostatistics. 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.


  • Published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, commentaries and book chapters in statistical and scientific literature.
  • Fellow of the American Statistical Association and was recently honored with the 2013 Mortimer Spiegelman Award for outstanding early career statistical contributions to public health.
  • Serves as chair of the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design (BMRD) Study Section for the National Institutes of Health.


  • PhD in Biostatistics, University of Washington, 2000


Professor of Statistics and Public Health Sciences at Penn State University where he worked with the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design Group, and he was an affiliate investigator at the Methodology Center and co-director of the Computation, Bioinformatics and Statistics (CBIOS) Training Grant.

Before he joined Penn State, Ghosh was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan.

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