The School's Epidemiology and Biostatistics group, led by Professor Gail Williams, carries out applied research in biostatistical and epidemiological methods. It has extensive international, national and local research collaborations which involve high-level quantitative methodology applied in clinical and public health settings in developed and developing countries.

The groups' research enhances the School's teaching in these areas. Courses in epidemiological and biostatistical methods are delivered in a broad range of academic programs.

Primary areas of faculty  research

  • Prevention, control and treatment of non-communicable diseases
    • Diabetes
    • Reproductive cancers
    • Skin cancer
    • Mental health, including substance use
    • Obesity and the metabolic syndrome
  • Infectious diseases
    • Spatio-temporal analyses
    • Surveillance
    • Neglected tropical diseases
    • Healthcare acquired infections
  • Health of vulnerable groups
    • Child health
    • Prisoner health
  • Environmental health
    • Effects of air pollution
  • Methodology

The group includes the Queensland Centre for Clinical Trials and Biostatistics and a Clinical Epidemiology Unit.


The group has major research collaborations including field sites in China and the Philippines.

The group offers biostatistical consulting services for researchers within the Faculty of Health Sciences.  A collaborative consulting arrangement provides for service statistical consulting for clinical researchers, including research students, within the School of Medicine


  • Professor Gail Williams BSc (Hons), MSc (Statistics), MSc (Epidemiology), PhD

Teaching and Research Staff

  • Dr Chris Bain MBBS, MPH
  • Associate Professor Suhail Doi  MBBS; M.Med.; MRCP; FRCP; MClinEpid; PhD
    • Head, Clinical Epidemiology Unit
  • Dr David King MBBS, MPH, FRACGP
  • Dr Andrew Page BA (Psychology), PhD
    • Co-ordinator, Master of Epidemiology Program
  • Dr Sam MacKenzie BSc, MA (Hons), PhD
  • Vacancy (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics)

Research and Consulting Staff

  • Associate Professor Rosa Alati  BA (Hons), Grad Dip (Aboriginal Studies), M AppSc, PhD
  • Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun MSc (Statistics), M Population Studies, PhD
  • Associate Professor Sanjoy Paul  MSc, PhD
    • Director, Queensland Centre for Clinical Trials and Biostatistics
  • Dr Peter Baker BSc (Maths Hons), M Stats, PhD
  • Dr Archie Clements B Vet Sci (Hons), M Vet Med, PhD
  • Dr Robert Ware BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Dr Mark Griffin BSc (Comp Sci/Maths), B Comp Engineering, PhD, Grad Dip (Statistics)
  • Dr Wenbiao Hu PhD
  • Dr Susan Jordan MBBS, FACGP, Grad Dip (Clinical Epidemiology), PhD
  • Dr Nirmala Pandeya  MSc, PhD
  • Vacancy (Queensland Clinical Trials and Biostatistics Centre)

Affiliated Academic Staff within SPH

  • Professor Annette Dobson BSc, MSc, PhD, Grad Cert (Management)

Data Management Staff

  • Mr Simon Forsyth BA
  • Mr Robert Li B Inf Tech
  • Vacancy (Queensland Clinical Trials and Biostatistics Centre)

Professional Staff

  • Dr Margaret Haughton PhD



  • Professor Adele Green (QIMR)

Associate Professor

  • Dr Joanne Aitkin (Queensland Cancer Council)
  • Dr Michael Coory
  • Dr Sue Treloar (Centre for Military and Veteran Health)
  • Dr Li Yuesheng (QIMR)
  • Dr David Whiteman (QIMR)

Senior Lecturer

  • Ms Elaine Beller
  • Dr Christian Engwerda
  • Dr Mark Jones (Centre for Healthcare Related Infection, Surveillance & Prevention)
  • Dr Chris Nagle (QIMR)
  • Dr Catherine Olsen (QIMR)
  • Dr Jolieke van der Pols (QIMR)
  • Dr Penny Webb (QIMR)


  • Dr Darren Gray (QIMR)
  • Dr Torukiri Ibiebele (QIMR)
  • Dr Rachel  Neale (QIMR)
  • Dr James Pang (Diamantina Institute)
  • Dr Patricia Valery (QIMR)

Associate Lecturer

  • Ms Sanjoti Parekh (Queensland Cancer Registry)

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