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Dr Vasiliki Koutra BSc, MSc, PhD

Statistician in Health Sciences

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Dr Vasiliki Koutra is a Statistician in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton and a Senior Medical Statistician at the Research Design Service (RDS) South Central. She provides research design advice and statistical support on various research projects and research grant applications in medical statistics. Alongside her roles in Health Sciences and the RDS, Vasiliki is also a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London (KCL), where she teaches an undergraduate statistical modelling course.

Vasiliki recently finished a postdoctoral research position in Statistics at KCL, where she developed practical methods for obtaining efficient experimental designs that are applicable in a wide variety of marketing, agricultural, medical and industrial contexts. She holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Southampton with thesis title 'Designing Experiments on Networks'. Previously, she has held roles at Rothamsted Research in the Applied Statistics and the Bioinformatics groups in the Computational and Systems Biology department. She provided statistical support in the design and analysis of agricultural experiments and network analysis.

She collaborates in the applications of Statistics in different fields with a special interest in medical research. She has worked on a variety of topics including sample size calculations for cancer research, survey designs for paediatric end of life care, and factorial designs for dietary supplementation for patients with chronic kidney disease.

Research interests

General interest fields are:

  • Statistical methodology, data science, modelling and computation.
  • Statistical design of experiments where there is neighbour (network) interference.
  • Optimal experimental design methodology.Structure and dynamics of networks.
  • Heuristic methods and optimisation algorithms.

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Current and past teaching responsibilities.


Teaching Statistical Modelling (5CCM242A/6CCM242B) in the Department of Mathematics at King's College London.

Teaching assistant for tutorials and short courses at the University of Southampton.

Dr Vasiliki Koutra
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ
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