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Professor Bärbel Finkenstädt Rand

About my research interests

My area of research is at the interface between statistics and life sciences where I am interested in developing scientific models alongside Bayesian statistical methodologies that allow us to infer these from (increasingly large) data sets. The modeling often involves very interesting non-linearities and stochastic processes that give rise to novel statistical methodologies. I am in particular interested in the modelling of oscillatory phenomena in biology (epidemics, gene expression, molecular clocks, etc) combined with the analysis of temporal and/or spatio-temporal data (from single cells to meta-populations) and have worked on applications in epidemiology (dynamics of infectious diseases), analytical population dynamics in ecology, transcriptional dynamics of genes and large actigraphic data sets obtained from wearable devices.

My collaborations also include addressing statistical and mathematical questions in chronobiology and circadian rhythm with collaborators in the biological sciences and medicine. In a project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) I am collaborating with members of the Chronotherapy group at Warwick and INSERM France, to develop statistical methods and models for large data sets of biomarkers on circadian oscillations, including actigraphic data from wearable devices, with the aim of using these for personalized medicine and treatment of cancer patients in their home, and basic research in chronobiology.

Current and most recent PhD students:

Silvia Calderazzo, Simone Tiberi, Panayiota Touloupou (with S Spencer), Elena Camacho-Aguilar (with D Rand), Mans Unosson (with A Johanson), Beniamino Hadj-Amar, Sida Chen, Yiyuan Zhang (with J Brettschneider).

Current and most recent Postdoctoral Collaborators:

Qi Huang, Hiroshi Momiji, Giorgos Minas

Collaboration with groups in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Medicine led by:

David Rand, Francis Lévi, Michael White, Julian Davis, Mike Hastings

Warwick network: E-health applications for physical activity, sleep, and circadian rhythms

Recent publications and preprints (since 2015)


Term3 Office hours (on MS Teams):

Wednesdays 10:00-11:00
Thursdays (not 6 May) 10:00-11:00
Simply call me on MS Teams during the office hour times using my email address - instructions here (link). If I am already in a call then drop me a message in the Teams Chat - I will call you back.

email: B.F.Finkenstadt 'at'

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