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Ron Brookmeyer

Professor of Biostatistics


DepartmentsType of Faculty
BiostatisticsFull Time
Contact Information

Room: 51-253B CHS

Department of Biostatistics
UCLA School of Public Health

650 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

Areas of Interest: 

Dr. Brookmeyer’ research is at the interface of biostatistics and epidemiology. He uses the tools of the statistical and informational sciences to address global public health problems such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic, bio-security issues, disease surveillance, Alzheimer's disease and other health challenges of aging populations. An area of active research is the development of improved methods for estimating global HIV infection rates. Dr. Brookmeyer’s research interests in biostatistical methodology include survival analysis, epidemic models, epidemiological methods and clinical trials.

Dr. Brookmeyer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the American Public Health Association’s Spiegelman gold medal for significant contributions to health statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Prior to his arrival at UCLA in 2010, Dr. Brookmeyer was Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the recipient of the University’s Stebbins Medal for contributions to educational programs. Dr. Brookmeyer was the 2011 Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, the 2012 Donna J Brogan Lecturer at Emory University, and the 2014 Norman Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Washington. Dr. Brookmeyer is the recipient of the 2015 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions at the intersection of statistical science and epidemiology awarded by the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Brookmeyer is also the recipeint of the 2016 Karl E. Peace Award for outstanding statistical contributions for the betterment of society awarded by the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Brookmeyer has served on numerous editorial boards and national scientific panels including the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, the Institute of Medicine Panel on methodological challenges in HIV prevention trials, and the Institute of Medicine Panel to evaluate the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dr. Brookmeyer is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine.

PhD University of Wisconsin (1980), Statistics
MS University of Wisconsin (1977), Statistics
BS Cooper Union (1975), Mathematics
Committee Participation: 

World Health Organization working group on a blueprint for vaccine trial design in public health emergencies (2016 - present)

External Advisory Committee, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina (2014 - present)

Data Safety Monitoring Board, Single Dose HPV Vaccine Trial in Costa Rica, National Cancer Institute (2017 - present)

Mayo Clinic Study of Agining, External Advisory Committee (2008 - present)


Selected Courses: 
Biostatistics 100B (2017-2018)
Biostatistics 200A (2017-2018)
Biostatistics 245: Advanced Doctoral Seminar in Biostatistics (2016)