Biostatistics and Epidemiology Data Analytics Center (BEDAC).



Who We are

The Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) Biostatistics and Epidemiology Data Analytics Center (BEDAC) has been a resource since 1984, providing research services to BU investigators and government, foundation and industry partners. The BEDAC has five departments, each led by directors that have at least 15 years of research experience.

  • Biostatistics and Reporting
  • Data Sciences and Information Technology
  • Research Operations and Quality Management
  • Administrative Operations
  • Business Development

Faculty, staff, fellows and students are cross-functionally trained according to our standard operating procedures (SOP), facilitated through our quality management framework.

Our team is the reason for our success

What We Do

Core Competencies and Services

Project Management

Project Management provides the structure through which study operations are planned, tracked and managed, provides a vehicle to foster effective communication and information exchange, and ensures that project deliverables are completed on-time and within budget.

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Affairs ensures that investigations satisfy ethical standards and comply with federal regulations, institutional polices, and funder requirements, as well as comply with data sharing obligations.

Data Management

Data Management leads the development, implementation and maintenance of the Data Management Plan (DMP) to ensure that data is traceable and of high quality throughout the entire data life cycle. The DMP provides documentation of data sources, describes the software development lifecycle, data collection and data cleaning procedures and ensures validation of final datasets to meet Sponsor requirements.

Study Monitoring

Study Monitoring provides oversight, using risk-based approaches, to ensure adherence to the protocol, SOPs, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and other regulatory requirements.


Reporting provides tables, figures and listing for data management, safety and statistical findings, using both static and interactive platforms.

Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Biostatistics and Epidemiology provides methodologic and technical expertise with respect to study design, development and implementation of the Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP) and subsequent dissemination of analytic findings.

Data Sciences

Data Sciences incorporates big data processing, storage and retrieval solutions and the utilization of machine learning applications to provide insights.

Geospatial Technologies

Geospatial Technologies provides geolocation coding, mapping and analysis using research, public and private data sources at various spatial and temporal resolutions.

Quality Management

Our Quality Management framework provides a mechanism to optimize research integrity to ensure that our organization’s policies, procedures and deliverables are in compliance with applicable requirements and guidelines and meet client expectations.

How to Work with Us


  • Complete the Proposal Request Form or email
  • Business Development will be in contact within 3-5 business days to set up an initial meeting
  • Timelines for the development of proposal materials will be determined in partnership and will require compliance with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Industry Engagement policies and procedures (if applicable)
  • Once award is funded, the SOW, budget, other proposal materials (grant sections) and initial timelines will be reviewed and updated as required
  • BEDAC effort for new awards commence 30-45 days post notification of award
  • BEDAC effort for on-going awards require annual review of SOW and budget

Employment and Student Opportunities

Employment. We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team. Current positions listing

Student Opportunities. We support practicums, internships and paid research positions. Please send inquiries to

General Inquires

For questions pertaining to working with the BEDAC, please contact:

Ayesha Chowhan
Director, Strategic Initiative
(617) 358-9453

For questions pertaining to administration, please contact:

Joanne Cipriani
Director, Business Operations
(617) 358-9450

Center Address

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Data Analytics Center
Boston University School of Public Health
85 East Newton Street, M921
Boston, MA 02118