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Lisa M LaVange, PhD

Lisa M. LaVange, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Biostatistics
Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center
  • 3103D McGavran-Greenberg

Lisa LaVange, PhD, is a professor and the Associate Chair of the Department of Biostatistics. She also serves as the director of UNC’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (2006-2011; 2018-present).

Dr. LaVange has a broad background in the biostatistics field, including leadership roles in industry (RTI, Quintiles, Inspire Pharmaceuticals); academia (UNC/CSCC); and government (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA). She was also the 2018 president of the American Statistical Association. At the CSCC, she has been the lead PI on the HCHS/SOL and SPIROMICS studies, and is currently the Coordinating Center PI for the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Intervention (ATN) and co-PI of the Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma Network (PrecISE).

She is co-instructor for BIOS 844: Leadership in Biostatistics, offered bi-yearly in the fall semester.

Honors and Awards

Biosimilar Product Review Training Team

2016, Food and Drug Administration

FDA Group Recognition Award for the Benefit-Risk Research Team in the Office of Biostatistics

2015, Food and Drug Administration

FDA Group Recognition Award for the Antibacterial Drug Development Task Force

2014, Food and Drug Administration

Award for Outstanding Contribution in COPD Research

2011, COPD Foundation

Mary Jane Kugel Award

2008, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


2004, American Statistical Association

Representative Courses

BIOS 844: Leadership in Biostatistics

Teaching Interests

Leadership in Biostatistics, Clinical Trial Design

Research Interests

  • Analysis of Complex Sample Survey Data
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Clinical Trial Analysis
  • Clinical Trial Design
  • Missing Data, Estimands, and Sensitivity Analysis
  • Regulatory Science

Service Activities


• Associate Editor, Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research, 2007-2010

• Editor-in-Chief, ASA-SIAM Book Series on Statistics and Applied Probability, 2008-2013

• Co-Editor, Pharmaceutical Statistics, 2012-2015

Boards, Committees, and Panels


• Eastern North American Region of the International Biometrics Society (IBS), 2007

• American Statistical Association, 2018


• National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Panel NCTN Statistics Centers Review, 2013

• Executive Board Member, International Biometric Society, 2013-2014

• Clinical Research Committee, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc., 2009-2011

• Board Member, North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission, 2008-2013

• NIH Study Section and Special Emphasis Panels (R01, R34, and P50 reviews), NIAMS, 2006-2011

• Medical Science Review Committee, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2004-2008

• Board of Directors, UNC School of Public Health Foundation, 2002-2008

Staff/Administrative Duties

2018-present, Professor and Associate Chair of Department of Biostatistics

2006-2011, 2018-present, Director of the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center


PhD, Biostatistics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MA, Mathematics, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst

BA, Mathematics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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