Jianwen Cai, PhD

Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair Department of Biostatistics

T:(919) 966-7788


3101-D McGavran-Greenberg Hall

CB #7420

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr Jianwen Cai is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics.

Dr. Cai was trained as a biostatistician and has more than 20 years of experience in interdisciplinary collaborative research and in developing statistical methods for epidemiologic and observational studies. She has collaborated on numerous projects including cardiovascular disease research, cancer research, asthma research, environmental research, obesity research and community-based participatory research.

In addition to her collaborative and coordinating center experience, she has had four statistical methods grants funded by NHLBI, for which she served as the Principal Investigator. She has also served on WHI OSMB, Protocol Review Committee (PRC) for the NIH Heart Failure Network and DSMB for the HT Cervix trial.

Dr. Cai has a long history of mentoring students and post-doctoral fellows; she has been the major adviser for 22 pre-doctoral fellows, 18 Master’s students, and six post-doctoral fellows.

Honors and Awards

2009, Institute of Mathematical Statistics

2005, American Statistical Association

School of Public Health McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching
2004, UNC-CH

Teaching Interests

In the past, Dr. Cai has taught:

     Matrix Theory in Biostatistics (BIOS 107), Summer 1993 and 1994

     Introductory Survival Analysis (BIOS 180), Fall 1993-1995; Spring 1997-2004

     Advance Linear Models I (BIOS 262/762), Fall 2005-2009

     Practice in Statistical Consulting (BIOS 342), Fall 1994, Spring and Fall 1996, Fall 2000 and 2002

     Research in Biostatistics (BIOS 390/994), Spring 1994; Spring and Fall, 1997-2007

     Principles of Statistical Inference (BIOS 600), Fall 2015

     Theory and Methods for Survival Analysis (BIOS 780), Spring 2011 and 2012, Fall 2013 and 2014

Research Activities

Survival Analysis and Regression Models, Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Analysis of Correlated Responses, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Disease Research, Obesity Research, Epidemiological Models

Research Interests
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
Service Activities

Associate Editor,
     Biometrics: 2000-2010
     Lifetime Data Analysis: 2002-
     Statistics in Biosciences: 2009-

Board Member:
     ENAR Regional Advisory Board, 1996-1998
     ENAR Regional Committee (RECOM), 2007-2009

Treasurer/Secretary ASA Biometrics Section, 2007-2008

     ENAR Student Travel Award Committee, 2001, 2005-2008
     ASA Committee on International Relations, 2007-2009

General Methodology Chair: 2006 Joint Statistical Meetings Program Committee, JSM

Organizer for:
     Invited Session in 2004 Joint Statistical Meetings
     Invited Session in 2004 ICSA Applied Symposium
     Invited Session in 2005 ENAR meeting

     NIH Statistics Study Section, October 1998
     NIH MBRS Review Panel, October 2002
     NIH MBRS Review Panel, February 2004
     NIH Epidemiology of Cancer (EPIC) Study Section, March and October 2006, October 2007, October 2008
     Protocol Review Committee (PRC) for the NIH Heart Failure Network DSMB for the HT Cervix trial
     Invited Session in 2009 ICSA Applied Symposium


PhD, Biostatistics, University of Washington, 1992

MS, Biostatistics, University of Washington, 1989

BS, Mathematics, Shandong University, 1985