Jennifer C. Nelson, PhD

Jennifer C. Nelson, PhD is an Associate Investigator, Biostatistics Unit, Group Health Research Institute
Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington. She received her PhD from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington in 1999. Her research focuses on methods to assess drug and vaccine safety and effectiveness, and she has published over 35 studies in this area. She is particularly interested in addressing methodological challenges in post-licensure drug and vaccine safety studies that use large observational health care databases.

Dr. Nelson provides national leadership as the Methods Core Co-Lead for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Mini-Sentinel Initiative and has also served as Methodology Committee Chair for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) project. In 2009, Dr. Nelson earned the VSD’s Margarette Kolczak Award for outstanding contributions in biostatistics and epidemiology in the field of vaccine safety. She is also an invited member of the Vaccines Sub-Committee of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB), a group established to facilitate collaboration among statisticians working in vaccine research and to disseminate statistical methods for vaccine research worldwide.