BSc Mbiol MSc PhD
of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
15-17 Tavistock Place
I graduated in in Biology at the University of Florence (Italy) in 2003, then completed a 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 on Medical Statistics at LSHTM in September 2011, with a thesis on statistical methods for studying temperature-health associations. 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 Social and Environmental Health Research.
I co-organise the Statistical Computing module of the MSc in Medical Statistics, and 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 Analysis within the Environmental Epidemiology module of the MSc in Public Health, and within the Advanced Statistical Modelling module of the MSc in Medical Statistics. I am also a Lecture Speaker and Practical Group Leader 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, substantive analyses in different research topics, and software implementation. My methodological work focuses on the development of study designs and statistical methods, applied in particular to time series analysis, quasi-experimental studies, and survival data. 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 topics cover several of areas, from investigations of the health effects of environmental or occupational factors to evaluation of public health interventions. I am a strong advocate of open science and reproducible research, and have contributed with the implementation of statistical methods in freely-available software and with release of code in public repositories. My current research focuses on studies on the impact of weather and climate change on health.
I am a founding member of the Centre for Statistical Methodology, which promotes research and training on statistical methods within LSHTM, and the co-ordinator for two if its themes (time series and statistical computing). In particular, I am responsible for the activities of the Centre about the R software. I am a member of the Exam Board and of the Course Committee of the MSc in Medical Statistics. I previously coordinated the Environmental and Health Research Group (EHRG).