People

People

Chief Investigators

 
Professor John Carlin

Prof. John Carlin

Chief Investigator
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

John holds appointments with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne.

Since completing a PhD in Statistics at Harvard University he has been engaged as a collaborator in a wide range of medical and public health research, including clinical trials and large-scale epidemiological studies.

His biostatistical research interests have focussed recently on methods for dealing with missing data using multiple imputation.

 
Professor Andrew Forbes

Prof. Andrew Forbes

Chief Investigator
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University

Andrew is the current Head of the Biostatistics Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Since completing a PhD in Statistics at Cornell University (USA) he has been actively engaged in collaborative epidemiological and clinical research projects. His research interests are methods for comparative effectiveness research, assessment of the effects of time dependent exposures, interrupted time series designs and methodology in clinical trials.

 

Assoc. Prof. Lyle Gurrin

Chief Investigator
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Melbourne

Lyle is a biostatistician at The University of Melbourne. He completed a PhD in statistics at the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth.

He is the principal investigator of the HealthIron cohort study and chief investigator on projects in asthma, allergy and immunology. His interest in methods for longitudinal and correlated data in cohort studies is reflected in his work on genetic association studies in families, twins and unrelated individuals.

 
Dr Kate Lee

Dr Katherine Lee

Chief Investigator
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Katherine (Kate) is a biostatistician at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She also holds an honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne and is the Associate Director (biostatistics) of the new Melbourne Children’s Trials Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital.  She completed a PhD in the analysis of clinical trials at the University of Cambridge in 2005. 

Her biostatistical research interests are in methods for dealing with missing data using multiple imputation and the analysis of clinical trials.

 
Prof Julie Simpson

Prof. Julie Simpson

Chief Investigator
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Melbourne

Julie is a biostatistician at The University of Melbourne and is actively engaged with the international community in population health research. She completed her postgraduate training in statistics at the University of Cambridge (PGrad Dip) and Open University (PhD), UK.

Her research interests include nonlinear mixed-effects modelling of data from pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic studies and statistical methods for handling missing data in longitudinal cohorts.

 
Professor Rory Wolfe

Prof. Rory Wolfe

Chief Investigator
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University

Rory is a biostatistician at Monash University and contributes to a wide range of epidemiological and clinical research studies.

He obtained his PhD in statistics from Southampton University (UK), subsequently did research in statistical methodology for longitudinal studies, and maintains methodological interests in missing data in risk prediction models, joint modelling of mortality and cognitive decline, and applications of propensity scoring methods.

Post-doctoral Biostatisticians

 
Dr Alysha De Livera

Dr Alysha De Livera

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Melbourne

Alysha completed a PhD at Monash University in 2011.

Her recent research interests have focused on statistical methods for analysing metabolomics data, analysis of clinical trials and dealing with unwanted variation and missing values in high-dimensional studies. She holds a joint position with the Medical Systems Biology, Department of Pathology, The University of Melbourne.

 
Dr Emily Karahalios

Dr Emily Karahalios

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Biostatistics Unit, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Emily completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2014.  

Her biostatistical research interests include methods for dealing with missing data using multiple imputation and statistical methods for analysing epigenetic data.

 

 

Dr Jessica Kasza

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University

Jessica completed a PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2010.

Her research interests include statistical methods for the comparison of healthcare provider performance and assessment of changes in performance, methods for the analysis of multilevel data, and graphical models.

 
Dr Jo McKenzie

Dr Joanne McKenzie

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Monash University

Joanne completed her PhD with Monash University.  Her research interests include methodological issues in meta-analysis of randomised trials with continuous outcomes, selective inclusion and reporting of results in randomised trials and systematic reviews, and approaches to synthesising evidence in systematic reviews of policy, public health, and health service delivery interventions.

 
Dr Elasma Milanzi

Dr Elasma Milanzi

Post-doctoral Biostatistician

Elasma completed her PhD at Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium in 2013.

Her research interests include, use of generalized linear mixed models to address bias, joint modelling, conditional maximum likelihood estimation for studies with random sample sizes, and causal inference.

 
Dr Margarita Moreno-Betancur

Dr Margarita Moreno-Betancur

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Margarita completed a PhD in Biostatistics at Université Paris-Sud in 2013.

Her biostatistical research interests include methods for survival analysis (specifically for competing risks data), methods for dealing with missing data, and methods for causal inference.  Find out more about Margarita's work at https://moreno-betancur.github.io/

 
Dr Cattram Nguyen

Dr Cattram Nguyen

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Cattram completed a PhD in biostatistics at the University of Melbourne in 2014.

Her statistical areas of interest include the design and analysis of clinical trials and methods for missing data. In particular, her PhD research focused on methods for checking the goodness-of-fit of models used in multiple imputation. Cattram’s primary areas of applied research are vaccine studies and community child health.

 

Dr Damjan Vukcevic

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Data Science
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Damjan completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford, UK in 2009.

His research interests include statistical & population genetics, genetic epidemiology, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), statistical methods for large datasets, Bayesian data analysis, and data visualisation.

You can find out more about Damjan's work at http://damjan.vukcevic.net/

 
Sophie Zaloumis

Dr Sophie Zaloumis

Post-doctoral Biostatistician
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Melbourne

Sophie completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2011.

Her biostatistical research interests are statistical methods for analysing ordinal outcomes measured in families, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic models of anti-malarial drugs, and analysing data from epidemiological studies investigating gene-environment interactions.

Affiliated Investigators

 
Dr Baki Billah

Dr Baki Billah

Affiliated Investigator
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University

Baki is a chief biostatistician and consultant in a number of research projects in Australia and particularly in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive MedicineHe received a PhD from Monash University in 2001.  His research interests are Risk Modeling (e.g., mortality risk), Modeling for comparison of Institutional Performance (e.g., hospital/surgeon performance in cardiac surgery), Statistical Inference, Prediction and Model Selection among others. Baki is also involved in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the field of biostatistics.

 
Sabine Braat

Ms Sabine Braat

Affiliated Investigator
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Melbourne

Sabine is a statistician at the University of Melbourne and Doherty Institute. She completed her postgraduate training at the University of Hasselt (Belgium).

Her experience lies mainly in the design, analysis, and reporting of randomised controlled and observational clinical studies, both sponsor- and investigator-initiated, in a wide range of medical fields. Her research interests include multiple testing and longitudinal data analysis.

 
Associate Professor Arul Earnest

Assoc. Prof. Arul Earnest

Affiliated Investigator
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University

Arul is an Associate Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and was previously Director of the Centre for Quantitative Medicine (CQM) at Duke-NUS in Singapore. He graduated with a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology. His research interests lies in Bayesian spatio-temporal models.

 
Associate Professor Stephane Heritier

Assoc. Prof. Stephane Heritier

Affiliated Investigator
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University

Stephane is a statistician at Monash University. He obtained his PhD in statistics at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

He has been involved in the design and analysis of large-scale studies, mainly in cardiovascular and renal diseases, neurological and mental health, critical care and injury prevention. His research interests include adaptive designs, cluster randomised trials, survival analysis and robust statistics.

 
Associate Professor John Reynolds

Assoc. Prof. John Reynolds

Affiliated Investigator
Clinical Haematology Department
The Alfred Hospital

John is the Scientific Director of the Monash/Alfred Biostatistics Consulting Platform.  He obtained his PhD in Statistics, with a Minor in Genetics, from North Carolina State University (Raleigh).  His experience lies mainly in the design and analysis of oncology clinical trials (all phases) but his early career experience was gained in the design and analysis of experiments in the food and agricultural sciences. His research interests include finding markers for remission and accounting for off-protocol treatments in trials with time to event endpoints.

PhD Students

 
Sarah Arnup

Ms Sarah Arnup

PhD Student

Topic: Investigating the effects on mortality of universal intervention in intensive care using cluster randomised crossover designs: Practical and methodological approaches.

 
Sam Brilleman

Mr Sam Brilleman

PhD Student

Topic: Joint longitudinal and time-to-event models for applications in health research.

 

Ms Anurika De Silva

PhD Student

Topic: Development and evaluation of multiple imputation algorithms for dealing with longitudinal data.

 
Marnie Downes

Ms Marnie Downes

PhD Student

Topic: Multilevel regression and poststratification for addressing participation bias in health survey data.

 
Sabria Jihan Khan

Ms Sabria Jihan Khan

PhD Student

Topic: Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Twins and Sibships.

 

Mr Robert Mahar

PhD Student

Topic: Modelling complex variation in multiple breath washout data to reveal unobserved characteristics of early childhood lung disease

 
Myra McGuinness

Ms Myra McGuinness

PhD Student

Topic: Quantification of the predictors of age-related macular degeneration in the presence of selection bias.

Administrative Staff

 

Ms Marian Chandler

Administrative Staff
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute