Published July 13, 2017
After an extensive national search, Dr. Gregory Wilding has been appointed as chair of the department of biostatistics at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP).
As the chair, Dr. Wilding will focus on ensuring high-quality academic programs, innovative research, high impact scholarship and service to the campus and community. Through Dr. Wilding’s leadership, the biostatistics faculty will continue to provide excellent teaching and cutting-edge research, aimed at attracting diverse and academically talented students.
The new undergraduate degree in statistics, approved for fall, will introduce undergraduates to the department of biostatistics where they can gain solid knowledge in statistical theory, methods, and applications, while preparing for graduate or professional study or countless career paths in industry, government, or academia. Dr. Wilding is committed to driving the department’s scholarship and research outcomes by focusing on fostering opportunities for methodologic and transdisciplinary research, in partnership and collaboration with various units throughout the University at Buffalo, as well as Western New York.
“I’m honored to serve the students and faculty as chair of the department.” stated Dr. Wilding. “I take the responsibilities associated with the position of chair very seriously, and I will do my best to further strengthen our already flourishing department.”
Dr. Wilding joined the SPHHP department of biostatistics as a research assistant professor in 2002. He went on to receive tenure in 2009 and achieved the rank of professor in 2015. In 2016, Dr. Wilding was named director of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Core of the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Most recently, he has served as interim chair of the Department of Biostatistics since February 2016.
In addition to his work at UB, he has served in various capacities at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) including serving as the director of the Biostatistics Resource and vice-chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. Dr. Wilding will continue at RPCI as a full professor of oncology.
He is an accomplished scientist having published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Additionally, he is an active NIH investigator accounting for millions of dollars of awards to UB and RPCI. Dr. Wilding’s research interests include clinical trial design, permutation tests, tests for trend, order restricted inference, categorical analysis, resampling techniques, goodness-of-fit tests, and tests of independence.
Among his professional accomplishments, Dr. Wilding has also received many awards for his work in both research and teaching. His honors include the Department of Biostatistics Research Excellence Award; Department of Biostatistics Teaching Excellence Award; the School of Public Health and Health Professions Outstanding Senior Researcher of the Year; and the School of Public Health and Health Professions Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Wilding earned his MA and PhD in statistics from the University at Rochester. He also holds a BS from SUNY Brockport with a dual major in mathematics and business administration, with a minor in computer science.
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions offers undergraduate and graduate degree level programs and is the home to five departments; Biostatistics, Community Health and Health Behavior, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Rehabilitation Science. It is one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system. SPHHP is located on the South Campus of University at Buffalo in Kimball Tower. For more information about the school, visit www.sphhp.buffalo.edu.