Biostatistics Group

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Helsinki

Biostatistics is at the heart of all life sciences ranging from human health to genetic engineering of microbes for environmental clean technology. Statistical reasoning and handling of uncertainty are essential for all these sciences to ensure that appropriate conclusions and decisions can be reached from experiments and observations. Biostatistics is also among the strategic focus areas of University of Helsinki and the research areas in BSG are at the core of the strategic goal of University of Helsinki to become a world leading Life Sciences University. (See, e.g., the newly established Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences).

BSG is comprised of four strong research groups focusing on methods for computational modeling, probabilistic machine learning and inference. The BSG groups are affiliated with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Biosciences. BSG is also associated with the COIN Centre of Excellence. and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology.

Genome-wide association studies, ecosystem models, evolution, infectious diseases and bioinformatics represent the main breakthrough areas of BSG. More detailed information about our research, publications and researchers can be found under the principal investigators' pages.

Principal Investigators and their groups


Jukka Corander
Jukka Corander
Professor of statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Antti Honkela
Antti Honkela
Assistant Professor of statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Public Health

Matti Pirinen
Matti Pirinen
Assistant Professor of statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Public Health

Jarno Vanhatalo
Jarno Vanhatalo
Assistant Professor of statistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Department of Biosciences