Biostatistics staff

Rumana Omar, Professor

Dr Rumana Omar

Rumana is a Professor of Medical Statistics at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL and head of the Biostatistics Group at the Research Support Centre. Rumana has completed a PhD in Medical Statistics from the University of Reading. Previously she has worked at Imperial College, Barts and London Medical School and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Rumana has collaborated nationally and internationally on large scale observational studies and trials. Her main research interests are: case-mix/risk prediction models, both applied and methodological aspects of cluster randomised trials, analysis of repeated measurements data and meta-analysis.

Gareth Ambler, Senior Lecturer

Dr Gareth Ambler

Gareth is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics holding a joint post between the Biostatistics Group and the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. His main research interests are in the formulation and validation of risk models. Gareth is co-investigator on numerous grants from funders such as NIHR, MRC, Wellcome Trust and EU FP7, and is the lead statistician on several clinical trials.

Gianluca Baio, Lecturer

Dr Gianluca Baio

Gianluca is a lecturer in Medical Statistics at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL and a member of the Biostatistics Group at the UCLH/UCL  Research Support Centre. He graduated in Statistics and Economics from the University of Florence (Italy). He then completed a PhD programme in Applied Statistics again at the University of Florence, after a period at the Program on the Pharmaceutical Industry at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge (USA); he then worked as a Research Fellow and then Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences at University College London (UK). His main interests are in Bayesian statistical modelling for cost effectiveness analysis and decision-making problems in the health systems and causal inference using the decision-theoretic approach.

Julie Barber, Lecturer

Julie is a lecturer in Medical Statistics holding a joint post between the Biostatistics Group and the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. Julie completed her PhD looking at statistical issues in economic evaluations of randomised trials. Previously she has worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit. She has experience of both randomised trials and large epidemiological cohort studies. Her main methodological interests concern statistical issues in design and analysis of trials and in health economic evaluations.

Zoe Fox, Lecturer

Dr Zoe Fox

Zoe is a lecturer in Medical Statistics holding a joint post between the Biostatistics Group and the Institute of Neurology at UCL. Zoe completed a PhD in Epidemiology in 2008 at UCL while working part-time in the UCL HIV Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group. Previously she worked in the UCL HIV Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group, The Copenhagen HIV Programme as well as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has over ten years of experience working on both randomised trials and large epidemiological cohort studies in HIV. Zoe's main research interests are statistical issues with the design and analysis of clinical trials, with a particular focus on survival analysis in individuals with neurological conditions or HIV.

Paul Bassett, Senior Research Associate

Paul Bassett

Paul joined the Biostatistics Group at the Joint Unit in June 2009. He has an MSc in Biometry from the University of Reading, and has previously worked at Imperial College School of Medicine and at the Institute of Education. He has provided statistical consultancy on a wide range of areas, from mental health to radiology. He has a broad experience of varying types of studies, ranging from randomised controlled trials to epidemiological studies. He is a statistical reviewer for a medical journal, and has sat as a statistician on a Research Ethics Committee.

Matthew Burnell, Research Associate

Dr Matthew Burnell

Matthew joined the Biostatistics Group at the Joint Unit in March 2010. He has a PhD in Statistics from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Statistics from the University of Sheffield. Within the Biostatistics group he provides statistical consultancy on a broad range of topics as well as teaching assistance. He also has a joint post in UCL’s Department of Women’s Cancer as the trial statistician in one of the world largest ever randomised controlled trials (over 200 000 women in an ovarian cancer screening trial) as well as multiple research collaborations with clinical and genetic experts both within and outside of UCL. His areas of interest naturally include cancer trials but also diverse subjects such as psychometric theory and pharmacokinetics.

Fatima Jichi, Research Associate

Fatima Jichi

Fatima has completed an MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She previously worked as an NIHR Research Methods Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She has worked closely with the Mental Health & Neuroscience Clinical Trials Unit at KCL. Her main research interests are in clinical trials, risk models and methodology for modelling longitudinal data.