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Quantitative Data Sciences Core

The Quantitative Data Sciences Cores combines the former Biostatistics Core Facility and the Cancer Informatics Core Facility. The core collaborates in three main areas: biostatistics, bioinformatics and clinical informatics.

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Associate Directors

Denise ScholtensDenise M. Scholtens, PhD
Associate Director of Biostatistics
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Neurological Surgery

BlankMatthew J. Schipma, PhD
Associate Director of Bioinformatics
Research Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Firas WehbeFiras H. Wehbe, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine
Associate Director of Clinical Informatics


  • Biostatistics
    680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Ste. 1400
    Chicago, IL 60611
    312-503-2288 or 312-908-1970
  • Bioinformatics
    Rubloff Building 11th floor, 11-144
    750 N. Lake Shore Dr.
    Chicago, IL 60611
  • Clinical Informatics
    Rubloff Building 11th floor, 11-166
    750 N. Lake Shore Dr.
    Chicago IL 60611


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Intake Form

If you are ready to submit a request for QDSC services, please fill out our intake form.

Services & Equipment

 Key Services


  • Early phase clinical trial design
  • Research study design, including sample size power calculations
  • Wide range of statistical analyses for basic science, population-based and clinical data


  • Pipelines for NGS Analysis (ChIP-seq and RNA-seq now, more to come)
  • Pathway and Gene Set Enrichment Analysis
  • Study Design and Consultation
Clinical Informatics:
  • Software development for clinical trial informatics
  • Life science focused web based development
  • Disease based secure database and informatics tools for human subject research
  • NMEDW clinical data analysis and reporting
  • Machine learning and NLP based analysis of clinical text
  • Coordination with clinical partners on EMR-based research and integration

In addition to the co-directors, each area includes faculty and staff who will work with Lurie Cancer Center members in providing expertise as needed. Core members also engage in the following general activities:

  • Collaboration with cancer center members across all programs;
  • Collaboration with cancer center members on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses
  • Discussion about research objectives and hypotheses;
  • Writing informatics and statistical sections for grant applications;
  • Active collaboration through funded grant activity;
  • Active co-authoring of research findings
  • Interaction and integration with other cancer center cores as needed;
  • Interaction and integration but not overlapping with cores and entities external to the cancer center as needed (NUCATS, IPHAM, CPS, CDSI, BCC, NUGENE, NUSeq);
  • Development of new methodology in Biostatistics and Biomedical Analytics 
  • Development and review of cancer related protocols;
  • Education through individual contact, group seminars, journal clubs and fellow/junior faculty development;
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