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GSLS Biostatistics Initiative


The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) Biostatistics Initiative is a joint initiaitve, between the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Clinical Medicine, that provides biostatistical training, lecturing opportunities and support services to graduate students and research staff.

Our Goals

  • to provide a coordinated programme of high-quality biostatistics training courses that addresses the needs of the life sciences research community 
  • to provide biostatistical lecturing training and opportunities for postdoctoral researchers
  • to develop and sustain a biostatistics support network for life sciences researchers.



Head of the GSLS Biostatistics Initiative

Dr Matt Castle

Matt established the GSLS Biostatistics Initiative in 2018 and currently leads it within the University. He has a PhD in mathematical epidemiology and spent a number of years as a post-doctoral researcher working with governments and NGOs on disease control strategies as well as teaching on and developing material for a wide range of undergraduate and graduates courses. Many years ago Matt qualified as a secondary school mathermtics teacher and now works with the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning to support early career academics and researchers develop their pedagogical understanding and teaching skills as part of the Teaching Associates' Programme (TAP) and the Pathways to Higher Education Practice (PHEP).





GSLS Biostatistics Initiative Teaching Fellows


Emer Jones - GSLS Biostatistics Initiative Lecturer

Emer is a PhD student at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, where she uses machine learning models as a framework to understand human vision.

Katriina Wilgert

Katriina is a PhD student in the Disease Dynamics Unit at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, applying epidemiological models to assess the transmission and control of infectious diseases at the human-animal interface. 

Nat Walker-Hale

Nat is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Plant Sciences, where he researches the evolution of plant specialised metabolism using phylogenetics and comparative genomics.

Sarah Mitchell - GSLS Biostatistics Initiative Lecturer

Sarah is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Sciences, using mathematical and computational modelling to simulate the spread of plant diseases.

Andrew Browne - GSLS Biostatistics Initiative Lecturer

Andrew Browne is a PhD student at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, assessing the impact on blood donors of more frequent donations in terms of a variety of factors such as health and symptoms.

Vicki Hodgson

Vicki a BBSRC-funded PhD student at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, mapping the posterior temporal lobe using multiple types of MRI imaging