Thomas Jefferson University

Educational Activities

Members of the Division of Biostatistics are active in various educational activities of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and across Jefferson. These activities include teaching of formal courses, seminars, journal clubs, ethics conferences, mentoring, and participation in students' thesis committees (particularly of students in the MS in Pharmacology program, Human Investigation track). In addition, all faculty of the Division often give talks to various Jefferson audiences, such as at departmental seminars for faculty, fellows, and students.

Training of Jefferson's Graduate Students

Drs. Chervoneva and Zhan teach "Statistical Methods of Data Analysis" (GC660) and Dr. Keith teaches "Fundamentals of Clinical Trials" (GC630), and Ms. Hegarty teaches "Database Design and Management" (GC510), all graduate-level courses offered to fellows and graduate students through Jefferson's College of Life Sciences. Ms. Hegarty also teaches "Basic Biostaitstics" (BIO205) to postbaccalaureate students.

In addition, all members of the Division serve in graduate students' thesis committees, particularly of students in the Pharmacology Training Program (formerly K-30) who are pursuing a MS in Pharmacology.

Training of Jefferson's Medical Students

Dr. Daskalakis directs the Scholarly Inquiry Program in the JeffMD curriculum--a program that provides opportunities for training and hands-on mentored research experience to medical students throughout their four years in medical school.

Training of non-Jefferson Students

Members of the Division of Biostatistics have been engaged in training collaborations with Temple's graduate program in Statistics and with Drexel's graduate program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Drs. Chervoneva, Daskalakis, and Leiby have supervised students from these programs in summer internships, as well as on their thesis and dissertation research. Dr. Daskalakis has also mentored minority undergraduate students from Cheyney University during summer internships at Jefferson.

Biostatistics Summer Internship

The Division of Biostatistics is offering a summer internship for up to 3 undergraduate or graduate students (or recent graduates). Interns will be supervised directly by one of the Division's faculty members and will have the opportunity to interact with other Division faculty and investigators across the university.


Goals of the program

Interns will be able to:

  • Research statistical topics relevant to biomedical research.
  • Apply statistical thinking to biomedical research problems.
  • Analyze real-world biomedical data and interpret the results.
  • Develop statistical programming skills in SAS, R, and other languages.
  • Develop and practice communication of statistical methods and results through written and oral presentations.
  • Receive guidance and mentoring regarding their future studies and career trajectory.


  • The internship will run for 8-10 weeks, from June to August, with flexible start/end dates, depending on faculty and student schedules.
  • Both part-time (20 hrs/week) and full-time (35 hrs/week) schedules are possible. The expected number of hours will be discussed between faculty supervisor and student and the agreed schedule will be stated in the letter of acceptance.


  • All interns will be paid a small stipend ($4,000-5,500 for a full-time, 10-week internship). The exact amount of the stipend will be dependent on academic level, experience, and work schedule.
  • Stipends will be paid bi-weekly for the duration of the internship.


Applicants should have interest in pursuing a career in (bio)statistics, data science, or other similar quantitative field, with a focus on the biomedical sciences. Applicants may be current students or recent graduates.

  • For undergraduate students (or those with an undergraduate degree), any degree program is acceptable, but applicants should have strong mathematical and analytical skills and at least one course in computer programming.
  • For graduate students (or those holding a graduate degree), the degree program should be statistics, biostatistics, or similar quantitative field.


Please apply online at

Applicants will need to submit:

  • Cover letter with statement of interest, GPA, and names of two references.
  • CV/Resume

Applications will be reviewed and requests for interviews will be sent on a rolling basis. Deadline for submitting an application is February 15..

For inquiries or questions, please contact Gloria Elnitsky (

Contact Info

For grant development, scientific collaboration, or consults, please contact any of the faculty (e-mail links provided).

For grant administration, budget and related matters please contact:

Susan Greenwald
(215) 955-9633
(215) 955-7006 fax

For administrative help please contact:

Gloria Elnitsky
(215) 955-9079
(215) 503-3804 fax

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