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Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Section Committee

The SSA Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Section aims to connect and support biostatisticians and bioinformaticians across Australia. The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics section committee includes individuals from a range of backgrounds with diverse expertise:


Dr Nicola Armstrong is a statistical bioinformatician who is currently a research and teaching academic in Statistics and Data Science at Curtin University (Perth). Her research work has centered on the development of statistical methodology and the application of statistics to problems in genetics, genomics and biomedical research. 

Prof. Alberto Nettel-Aguirre has developed his career working collaboratively in health and medical research and has worked extensively as a biostatistician in a range of projects. His expertise and interests cover biostatistics and methods for health and social research, machine learning, social network analysis and data science, functional data analysis and big graph data. Alberto joined UOW this January after 15 years working in health research in Canada, namely within pediatrics (nephrology, neonatology and neurology among others) and injury prevention, he now leads the Centre for Health and Social Analytics within NIASRA at UOW.

Dr Nicole White is a Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation, Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests combine advances in statistical methodology and applications of existing methods to a range of areas including spatial epidemiology, complex disease modelling, genetics, and infectious diseases. Nicole is currently an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow, where she is leading statistical analyses on behalf of the COVID-19 Critical Care Consortium, a global observational study of COVID-19 ICU admissions.

Dr Taya Collyer is a Research Fellow in Biostatistics at Monash University’s Peninsula Clinical School (Melbourne). She is an applied biostatistician, passionate statistical educator and public health researcher who received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2021. Her personal research interests include the sociology of statistical practice, research data management, and health equity. 

Dr Kylie-Ann Mallitt is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, and the School of Women's and Children's Health. She is also an experienced senior biostatistician, specialising in statistical consulting for clinician researchers. She holds a Masters in Biostatistics from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in Medicine from the Kirby Institute, UNSW.

Gavriel Olshansky is a bioinformatician at the Metabolomics laboratory, Baker heart and Diabetes institute (Melbourne). His work involves analysis of large scale lipidomic studies, with interests in normalisation and visualisation of high dimensional data.

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