I've been thinking of choosing research topics for PhD dissertation in Biostatistics. I wish to know some hot research topics in recent years. As far as I know, some hot research topics are:

  1. High-dimensional data analysis;
  2. causal-inference in experiments and observational studies;
  3. propensity score matching;
  4. Bayesian statistics.
  5. Time series;
  6. Model selection;
  7. Survival data analysis;

My questions are:

  1. Are there any good literature reviews that summarize recent research trends in Biostatistics?
  2. What are must-read review papers for these topics?
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ have you checked what topics are being currently published? take, for example, arxiv.org/list/q-bio/current $\endgroup$
    – mugen
    Dec 20, 2014 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ If I may, I would add on Bayesian methods for large scale genomics. Huge area of research where I am. $\endgroup$
    – Chris C
    Dec 20, 2014 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ @mugen, Thanks. I did check those topics. My problem is that I cannot find good review/summary papers about those topics. I can find some for high-dimensional research though. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3092303 $\endgroup$
    – SixSigma
    Dec 20, 2014 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisC, definitely I agree. $\endgroup$
    – SixSigma
    Dec 20, 2014 at 17:54
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ I suspect this community might find questions 1 & 2 on topic. However, question 3 is not appropriate for an SE site and question 4 is a separate issue (although a related one, I admit). Since your focus seems to be on the first two, I have taken the liberty of deleting the third and fourth in order to stave off the close votes that are accumulating. $\endgroup$
    – whuber
    Dec 20, 2014 at 19:25

1 Answer 1


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.