BSc Mbiol MSc PhD
of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
15-17 Tavistock Place
I graduated in Biology at the University of Florence in 2003, then completed an MSc in Biostatistics at the University of Bologna in 2005 and a 3-years post-graduate School of Biometry and Medical Statistics at the University of Milan in 2009. I was awarded a PhD in Medical Statistics at LSHTM in September 2011. I worked as an epidemiologist and statistician at the Centre for Study and Prevention of Cancer (CSPO) in Florence, before joining LSHTM in 2007. Since then, I have been part of the Department of Medical Statistics and currently of the Department of Public Health Environments and Society.
I am the organiser of two modules: Statistical Computing in the MSc in Medical Statistics, and Programming in the MSc in Health Data Science. In addition, I coordinate workshops on the R software for the Talent and Educational Development (LSHTM staff) and Transferrable Skills Programme (LSHTM research degree students). I am responsible for lecture and practical sessions on time series methods within the Environmental Epidemiology module of the MSc in Public Health, the Advanced Regression Methods module of the MSc in Medical Statistics, and the Evaluation of Public Health Interventions within the MSc in Public Health. I am also a Lecture Speaker in the Basic Statistics module of the MSc in Public Health.
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My interests encompass various research areas in epidemiology and public health evaluation, from methodology, applied research, and software implementation. My methodological work focuses on the development of study designs and statistical methods, applied in particular to time series methods, quasi-experimental studies, climate change health impact assessment, environmental spatio-temporal modelling and small-area analysis. I have contributed to the development and extensions of a number of statistical techniques, such as distributed lag models, smoothing methods and meta-analytical models. My substantive research covers several areas, from investigations of the health effects of environmental or occupational factors to the evaluation of public health interventions. I am a strong advocate of open science and reproducible research, and I have contributed with the implementation of statistical methods in freely-available software and with the release of code in public repositories.
My current research focuses on the development of novel study designs for individual and small-area analyses, the use of novel remote sensing and mobile technologies in epidemiology, spatio-temporal modelling of environmental exposures and risks, and health impact projections for climate change.
I am a founding member and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Statistical Methodology, which promotes research and training on statistical methods within LSHTM. I am in the management committee of the Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health. I am a member of the Exam Board and of the Course Committee of the MSc in Medical Statistics and the MSc in Health Data Science. I am the coordinator of the Environmental & Health Group in the Department of Public Health Environments and Society. I founded the LSHTM R Users Group.