Biostatistics Collaboration Core

The Biostatistics Collaboration Core (BCC) is housed in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University and is a component of the Emory Integrated Core Facilities (EICF)

The BCC offers comprehensive, fee-based statistical and bioinformatics collaboration services to faculty, staff, and students at Rollins, other divisions of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, throughout Emory University and Emory Healthcare, and Georgia CTSA partner institutions. BCC personnel are available for discussion at all stages of research, including designing studies and developing statistical analysis plans, preparation of grants and contracts, design and implementation of data collection and management systems, assistance in analyzing and presenting research data, preparation of manuscripts, and statistical review of manuscripts that are already in the publication process. All activities are fee-based.

For detailed information about services and fees and about the BCC in general, please visit the main BCC website.

Who We Are

Core team members have a wealth of experience collaborating with researchers from across Emory University, Emory Healthcare, and Georgia CTSA partners. Our mission, as collaborative biostatisticians, is to assist our partners in ensuring that study designs and statistical analyses are developed, implemented, and reported in a rigorous manner. Mr. Azhar Nizam is the Director of the BCC; Dr. Robert Krafty is the Associate Director. Dr. Raphiel Murden, Research Assistant Professor, and Mr. Ammar Rashied, Staff Biostatistician, round out the core team. Depending on project needs, other departmental faculty, research staff, and students may join collaborations.

Project Initiation

Obtaining biostatistical advice early on in a project can often improve the chances of meeting study objectives. While the BCC will work on analyses of already-collected data, we strongly encourage investigators to connect with the BCC during the planning stage of a study, before data collection. 

Researchers who are interested in initiating a collaboration with the BCC should send a request to An initial meeting will be scheduled, the purpose of which will be to discuss the research, identify BCC tasks and deliverables, estimate workload and costs, and plan a realistic timetable. BCC work will begin after a Statement of Work (SOW) has been developed and agreed upon by the BCC Director and the researcher, and an Emory speed type or external billing information has been provided.

Acknowledgment and Authorship Policy

Co-authorship on scientific journal articles is generally expected on studies where substantive participation in the design of the study and/or analysis of the data occurs. It is our policy not to forgo funding in return for co-authorship.  In all instances, acknowledgment of BCC services is expected.

Contact Us

If you are interested in initiating a research project, please send a request to

Azhar Nizam, MS               Robert Krafty, PhD
Director                               Associate Director     
Research Professor           Chair and Rollins Professor