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Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Dr Vasiliki Koutra BSc, MSc, PhD

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Vasiliki Koutra is a Senior Medical Statistician at the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central and a Teaching Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. She provides research design advice and statistical support on various research projects and research grant applications in medical statistics, epidemiology and bioinformatics.

Alongside her roles in the RDS and Health Sciences, Vasiliki also teaches an undergraduate statistical modelling course at King's College London (KCL), where she is a visiting researcher. She recently finished a postdoctoral research position in Statistics at KCL, where she developed practical methods for obtaining efficient experimental designs that meet multiple objectives through appropriate choice of criteria. These designs are applicable in a wide variety of marketing, agricultural, medical and industrial contexts.

Previously, she has held roles at Rothamsted Research in both the Applied Statistics and the Bioinformatics groups in the Computational and Systems Biology department. She provided statistical support in the design and analysis of experiments, statistical methodology and network analysis.

PhD Statistics (2017), University of Southampton, "Designing experiments on networks"
MSc Social Statistics, Statistics pathway (with distinction), University of Southampton.
BSc Mathematics, University of Ioannina (Greece).

Research interests

Vasiliki's research interests focus mainly on the statistical design of experiments and particularly obtaining efficient designs for experiments on networks or where there is neighbour interference, and also for multi-objective experiments.

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 and questionnaires for paediatric end of life care, and appropriate tests and visualisation methods to explore the interaction between symptom burden and burden of treatment in patients with chronic heart failure. She is always interested in collaborations and consultancy.

General interest fields are:

  • Statistical methodology, data science, modelling and computation.
  • Optimal experimental design methodology.
  • Structure and dynamics of networks.
  • Heuristic methods and optimisation algorithms.

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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.
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses include: Design and Analysis of Experiments (MATH3014), Design of Experiments (MATH6027), Multivariate Analysis (STAT6084) and Analysis of Hierarchical (Multilevel and Longitudinal) Data (STAT6108).
External programmes. (1) Courses of Applied Social sciences (CASS): Regression Methods and Generalised Linear Models. (2) NCRM (the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods): Applied Multilevel Modelling

Dr Vasiliki Koutra
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK
NIHR Research Design Service South Central, Level C (MP 805), Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD UK
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