Vice Chair, Director, Center for Biostatistics
Department of Biomedical Informatics


Dr. Fernandez is a professor and the Vice-Chair for Collaborative Research and Director of the Center for Biostatistics (CFB) in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. In this role she works with faculty and staff in BMI to build interdisciplinary teams to advance biomedical and translational research, and operational capabilities in the department. As Director of CFB and an active research professor, she collaborates extensively with researchers in the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) and Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), serving as the biostatistics core director on multiple awards and grants at OSU affiliated with these two centers. She has over 140 publications, a large portion of which are with cancer investigators within the CCC. Her research interests are statistical genetics, feature selection methods and design of experiments for laboratory and clinical studies.

She has been a part of the Center for Biostatistics since 2003, serving as Associate Director from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Fernandez has been a part of the OSU community since 2001, serving as a visiting assistant professor within the Department of Statistics, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of mathematical statistics and regression analysis for the engineering sciences.

Previous to joining the university community, Dr. Fernandez received a Master in Statistics in 1998 and a joint Ph.D. in Statistics & Animal Breeding and Genetics in 2001 from Iowa State University.

Education and Training

PhD, Statistics and Genetics, Iowa State University, 2001

M.Sc, Statistics, Iowa State University, 1998

Ing. Agr., Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de la Repu´blica, Uruguay, 1991


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