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Research Biography

I have a PhD in Mathematical Statistics from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to moving to New Zealand, I have completed a Masters in Statistics from Agra University and a Masters in Population Science from International Institute for Populationa Sciences, India. On completion of my PhD I managed to secure two Postdoctoral positions 1) with the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Science crown research institute in New Zealand and 2) School of Mathematics and Statistics, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. These then lead to my move to Adelaide where I worked at The Univeristy of Adelaide, with the Better Start group and the Australian Research Centre for Oral Population Healath and still hold an adjunct position with the University.  Here at Flinders I am appointed as the Associate Professor in Biostatistics. I am also the Discipline Lead in Biostatistics as well as the Chair of the Health Data Analytic Group.  

Research Interests

My research interests are in development and applicaition of statistical methods for mediation, missing data analysis, causal inference, and machine learning. I apply statistical methods to biological problems to understand data generating mechansims, for making inference in the presence of uncertainty.  With my collaborators and students I design the analysis of Cohort data, longitudinal data analysis,  linked administrative data, emulation of trials using electronic health records, missing data, and design and analysis of clinical trial data. 

When it comes to application of statistical methods to health data, along with my colleages and students I have applied statistical methods such as mediation analysis, marginal structural meand models, structural nested mean models, survival analysis, latent class analysis, targeted maximum likelihood approaches to solve problems in Social Epidemiology, Oral Health, Pain Medicine, Diabetic research, Psychology and Engineering. 

I am also interested in improving the art of data analysis in health science, to this end I write educational articles.  I also teach within the College of Medicine and Public Health. Currently I am teaching a course on Digital Health for practitioners in Semester 2. I supervise PhD, Masters and Honours Students. 

Currently I am looking for students who have a deep interst in developing and applying Epidemiological methods. If interested in pursuing your PhD, Post doctoral work or even collaborative research please feel free to contact me.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Population Science, International Institute for Population Science

1 Jul 19955 May 1996

Award Date: 5 May 1996

Master of Science, Mathematical Statistics, Agra University

1 Jul 19931 Jun 1995

Award Date: 10 Nov 1995

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Andhra University

4 Jun 198920 Apr 1992

Award Date: 6 Jun 1992


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Research Areas

  • Public health
  • Digital health
  • Mathematical analysis
  • Knowledge discovery, AI and data mining

Supervisory Interests

  • Biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling in medicine
  • Social epidemiology


  • Q Science (General)
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • BC Logic
  • Logic
  • Philosophy


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