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1) Obesity and Bariatric Cohort Study 2) Investigating the hidden risk factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) prevalent in the south and west of Scotland

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Bio-statistician, Lecturer in Statistics in the University of the West of Scotland

Research Groups: BREATH (COPD), Bariatric and Metabolic Department (University Hospital Ayr), Sport Science (UWS)

Contributing to programmes: Mathematic with Education, Mathematics, Sport, Chemistry, Forensic Sciences, Master of Public Health, Master of Biotechnology

Having a degree in Statistics (BSc honours 2.1) and MSc in Bio-statistics in 2007 from Tehran University of Medical Science, I completed a degree in MRES working on ‘Modelling and predicting patient recruitment in multi-centre clinical trials’ in the University of Glasgow in September 2011. I then started my PhD study in October 2011, funded by the University of Strathclyde and MASTS, working within the Marine Population-modelling Group in the University of Strathclyde. I developed a new length-based model in fisheries population dynamics using survey data from International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) and total landed biomass from commercial landings.

I have worked in the University of Glasgow in Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics working with industrial organizations as well as academia. I joined the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) on 1st March 2017.

Some of my responsibilities in UWS include teaching Statistics courses to students in all levels from Bachelor degree up to MSc levels, providing statistical and analytical support to student and staff, running Statistical software training workshops, designing and developing programmes, modules and course materials, post-graduate supervision, Designing and conducting high quality research and collaborations (BREATH, Bariatric, Sport Science, Mathematics), STEM and public engagement

I am the affiliate Statistician in the multi-centre research study funded by EU INTERREG to help address the cause, treatment and potential prevention of COPD along with BREATH (Border and Regions Airway Training Hub) project, which requires working with big NHS data, advanced programing and analysis. I also have the pleasure of collaborating with the Bariatric & Metabolic Research Team in the University Hospital Ayr in developing public health for patients with high BMI and metabolic problems. My collaboration with sport scientist and life science team is strong and engaged in a number of research and analytical projects.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Study Design
  • Statistical modelling
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Statistical consultancy
  • Statistical programing with R, SAS, SPSS, Minitab, Graphpad, jamovi
  • Statistics in Medicine and Public Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • Statistics and software training Workshops (SPSS and R)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • L Education (General)
  • SPSS
  • R
  • Statistics Teaching
  • Postgraduate projects
  • Statistical Consultancy
  • Study Design
  • Study Power
  • Programing
  • PhD
  • MRes
  • MSc
  • MPH
  • Q Science (General)
  • Statistical analysis
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Statistical Consultancy
  • Data collection
  • Statistical Programing
  • Sample size
  • Power calculation
  • Clinical trials
  • Public Health
  • Medical statistics
  • Funding proposal
  • Multidisciplinary practice


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