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Peter Gilbert
Principal Investigator of the Statistical Data Management Center

Peter Gilbert currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the Statistical Data Management Center for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network at SCHARP within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is a Member of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease and Public Health Sciences Divisions at the Center, and a Research Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington. Peter is an active mentor to a number of graduate and post-graduate students from the University of Washington and enjoys accomplishing research objectives with their collaboration.

Peter's current research interests center on the statistical design and analysis of HIV vaccine efficacy trials, with emphasis on assessing immune correlates of vaccine-induced protection including the "sieve analysis" of the HIV sequences infecting trial volunteers. While being motivated by HIV vaccine efficacy trials, this research contributes to general areas of statistical methods research including surrogate endpoint assessment, causal inference, survival analysis, and efficient randomized trial design. In collaboration with scientists from the Thai Ministry of Health and the United States Military HIV Research Program, Peter led the statistical design and analysis of an immune correlates study of the RV144 "Thai Trial" (published in 2012), which established a process for correlates discovery that may be useful for other vaccine trial settings. In addition, Peter led the statistical design of a sequential Phase 2b trial design for evaluating vaccine efficacy and immune correlates for multiple HIV vaccine regimens (published in 2011), which is planned for implementation and may be useful for other vaccine trial settings.

Peter holds a B.S. in Mathematics (1992) as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biostatistics (1994 and 1996), all from the University of Washington. He completed his post-doctoral training in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1997. In addition to his duties at the Center, he serves on a number of outside Scientific Advisory Boards and Data and Safety Monitoring Boards.