Lisa LaVange

Lisa M. LaVange, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Biostatistics
3101B McGavran-Greenberg


Lisa LaVange, PhD, is a professor and former chair of the Department of Biostatistics. She formerly served as the director of UNC’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (2006-2011; 2018-2021.)

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 was formerly PI on the NHLBI-funded HCHS/SOL and SPIROMICS studies and, more recently, contact PI for the NICHD-funded Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Intervention (ATN). Currently, she is co-PI of the NHLBI-funded Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma Network (PrecISE) and the NIAMS-funded Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC Research Consortium, part of the NIH Helping to End Addition Long-Term (HEAL) initiative.

She is a co-instructor for BIOS 841: Principle of Statistical Collaboration and Leadership, a required course for MS and PhD students offered yearly in the spring semester. She developed and taught a special topics course on Regulatory Science (BIOS 740-003) in 2020. Previously, she co-developed and co-taught a course in Statistical Leadership (BIOS 844; 2011 and 2018) and co-taught a course in Clinical Trials (BIOS 752; 2007 -2011).

Lisa LaVange in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Health in the Americas Region
2020, Drug Information Association

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

Teaching Interests

Statistical Leadership, Regulatory Science, Clinical Trials

Representative Courses

BIOS 844: Leadership in Biostatistics

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


• Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) Precision Promise Clinical Trial’s Data and Safety Monitoring Board (Chair; 2019 to present)

• 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

2021 – 2023, Chair of the Department of Biostatistics

2020 – 2021, Interim co-Chair of the Department of Biostatistics

2018-2021, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Biostatistics

2006-2011, 2018-2021, 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