Research Faculty

Our Biostatistics & Clinical Research Faculty team is comprised of recognized faculty with years of experience who are committed to delivering high-quality Biostatistics & Clinical Research training.

Program Director - Lakshminarayan Rajaram, Ph.D.

Dr. Lakshminarayan Rajaram is a mathematician with expertise in biomedical and clinical statistics and research. He is a tenured Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, Florida. Dr. Rajaram is an Affiliate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics as well as a Computer Research Specialist at the Lawton Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers for studies conducted in the area of Maternal and Child Health Research, both at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He, as an adjunct faculty, also teaches graduate courses such as Multivariate Analysis, Statistical Methods I and II in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Florida. In addition, he is the Vice-President of Clinical Research & Biostatistics Development at Quantum Enterprises, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Rajaram has a Ph.D. in mathematics with specialization being applied statistics. He trains researchers, clinicians and graduate students in Biostatistics, Computer Applications for Public Health Researchers (a SAS based course) and Clinical Database Design & Data Management. He has extensive experience in classroom teaching as well, teaching such graduate courses as Categorical Data Analysis and Survival Data Analysis.

Dr. Rajaram has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a biostatistician as well as a data manager for multi-center clinical trials in USA and Europe. He regularly conducts short courses and workshops in USA and India in the areas of design of clinical trial databases, SAS programming, clinical data management, biostatistics, pharmacokinetics and bioequivalence.

Laurence G. Branch, Ph.D.

Dr. Branch is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of South Florida, and a Professor in the Department of Health Policy Management in the College of Public Health. Previously he was a Research Professor in Duke University’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1995 – 2002), and was the Director of Duke’s MD-MPH Program and Director of its Long-Term Care Research Program. He has also held faculty appointments from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health from 1978 to 1986 and from Boston University School of Medicine from 1986 to 1996.

Dr. Branch has served as a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics that advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the adequacy of the federal statistical system; as chairman of the National Committee’s Subcommittee on Long-term Care Statistics; served on numerous study sections for the NIH, HCFA, AOA, NCHSR, and the VA, as well as on panels for the National Academy of Sciences. He was a member of two White House Conferences on Aging, and has given invited congressional testimony on several occasions.

Aurora Sanchez-Anguiano, MD, PhD

Dr. Aurora Sanchez-Anguiano currently is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of South Florida. She is trained as an Occupational Medicine Physician by the Mexican Social Security System and the National Autonomous University of Mexico; a Field epidemiologist trained by the CDC and the Mexican Ministry of Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from USF. As an Occupational Physician, she has more than 15 years of clinical, occupational and environmental experience at the office, at the factory and at the community level; as a field epidemiologist.

Dr. Sanchez-Anguiano has extensive experience in assessing the community and studying infectious disease outbreak investigations and as a PhD Epidemiologist, she has participated on different projects related to patient safety, minority health and health disparities. She teaches the courses on general epidemiology, epidemiology of infectious diseases and epidemiology of the diseases of major public health importance.

Peter A Toyinbo, MB.ChB, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter A. Toyinbo is a biostatistician with expertise in prevention research in mental health. He currently holds a position in the Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Toyinbo has MB.ChB. (Medicine) from the University of lfe, lle-lfe, Nigeria, F.R.C.R. (Part 1) from the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK and a Ph.D. in Public Health (Specialization in fBiostatistics) from the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. Additionally, Dr. Toyinbo has a Post Doctoral Certificate in Prevention Research in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is certified in Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE, USA).

Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Toyinbo worked as a Medical Registrar in the University College Hospital, Nigeria as well as a Radiologist in Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK. He has extensive experience in teaching biostatistics and research, leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals.