Biostatistics

Activities and Responsibilities

The Division collaborates with investigators at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) on novel research.  We are also active in teaching, conducting independent research, and seeking external funding.

Services

We are available for consultation on all aspects of research, including:

  • Grant development
  • Protocol development
  • Study design
  • Sample size calculation
  • Randomization
  • Statistical analysis
  • Dissemination of results
People

Dr. Matthew D. Finkelman is an associate professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design at TUSDM.  He has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health prior to joining Tufts. Dr. Finkelman’s research interests include special care in dentistry, opioid misuse, psychometrics, and the design of computer-based questionnaires. He has authored or co-authored over 100 abstracts presented at national and international conferences, as well as over 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals such as Statistics in Medicine, Psychometrika, the Journal of the American Dental Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He was a keynote speaker at the inaugural conference of the International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing and was inducted into the Robert R. Andrews Research Honor Society in 2012.

Dr. Britta E. Magnuson is an assistant professor in the Division of Oral Medicine, as well as Assistant Director of the Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design. She works with pre- and post-doctoral students and faculty by assisting with study design and developing protocols for the Institutional Review Board process. Her teaching responsibilities include supervising and instructing students during an Oral Medicine rotation. Additionally, she treats patients in the Oral Medicine clinic. Dr. Magnuson has worked on several clinical trials regarding such topics as oral hygiene, tooth whitening, restorative materials, and Sjögren’s Syndrome. For these trials she develops protocols, writes reports, and screens, examines, and evaluates trial participants.  She has authored and co-authored publications and abstracts, mentors students on research projects, and was inducted into the Robert R. Andrews Research Honor Society in 2014.  She received her D.M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Sarah E. Pagni is an assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design. She received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with a concentration in microbiology from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for her dissertation “Phenotypic Analysis of Dengue Virus with Different Epidemic Capacities in Primary Human Cells and Vector Contribution to Infectivity.”  Afterward, she completed an M.P.H. with a concentration in quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. At TUSDM, Dr. Pagni works with pre-doctoral students, residents, master’s degree candidates, and faculty on research project development and analysis. Dr. Pagni’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including PLoS Pathogens, Immunologic Research and Environmental Microbiology. She was inducted into the Robert R. Andrews Research Honor Society in 2016.

Dr. Shruti Jain is a research analyst in the Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design. She completed her B.D.S. and practiced public health dentistry in India for two years. She completed her M.P.H. in the focus areas of epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and presented her capstone project, “Diseases of Despair mortality: Trends in the residents of New Bedford and Gloucester” at the IFISH 5 conference in St. John’s, Canada. At TUSDM, Dr. Jain works with pre- and post-doctoral students and faculty on research project development and analysis.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to meet with members of the Division?

All of our services are free to the TUSDM community.

What information should investigators provide prior to the first meeting?

If you already have an idea for your project, we would be happy to receive a description of it.  Also, feel free to send along your protocol, relevant literature, or any other materials that you think would be helpful for us to have.  If you do not have anything to send us, that is completely fine as well.

How much lead time should investigators provide to the Division before a deadline?

The amount of required lead time depends on the project.  Generally, for the ADEA and AADR/IADR deadlines, we guarantee help to investigators who provide their final dataset (formatted properly and free of errors) at least two weeks before the analysis is to be completed.  Other deadlines, such as grants, require more lead time and must be determined on a case-by-case basis.

What is the contact information for the Division?

Any requests can be directed to Matthew Finkelman (Matthew.Finkelman@tufts.edu).

Office Hours

Every year, Dr. Finkelman, Dr. Pagni and Dr. Jain hold open office hours prior to the AADR/IADR abstract submission deadline.  All members of the TUSDM community are welcome to attend.

Please contact a member of the Office of Advanced & Graduate Education via email (dental-graduatestudies@tufts.edu) or phone (617) 636-3753 for all questions regarding course information and registration, including issues related to TRUNK and/or TUSK, and academic and/or graduation requirements for the M.S. degree program.

Contact

Please direct all requests to Matthew Finkelman (Matthew.Finkelman@tufts.edu).