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Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Statistical Science


Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen
Australian Laureate Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Statistical Science
Professor of Statistics
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Statistical Science
Discipline *
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PhD (University of New England), BA(Hons) (University of New England)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • President Elect, International Society for Bayesian Analysis 2016
  • Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ) 2015-
  • Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow 2015-2020
  • Associate Member, University of Oxford 2015-
  • Member of the ISBA Fellows Selection Committee 2015-2016
  • Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics Management Committee 2014-
  • Elected Member of the International Advisory Board, International Biometrics Society 2013-2014
  • National President of the Statistical Society of Australia, 2011-2012
  • Member of the National Heads of Mathematical Sciences, 2011
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences 2005
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society 2004
  • Executive Member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis 2005-2008
  • Inaugural President of the Australasian Chapter of ISBA 2004-2006
  • Executive Member of the Statistical Society of Australia; Section Coordinator 2004-
  • Member of the International Biometrics Society (IBS)
  • Member of the International Environmetrics Society.

My CV is located here: https://bragqut.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/mengersen-cv-master-1216.pdf


Bayesian statistics, computational statistics, environmental, genetic and health statistics, statistical consulting and expert advice

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research theme: Environment, Health Research discipline: Mathematical Sciences Research areas applied statistics and statistical consulting. Her methodological interests are in Complex Systems modelling, Bayesian statistics, mixture models, hierarchical modelling and meta-analysis. Her applied interests are in biometrics, biostatistics, environmetrics, genetic statistics and industrial statistics. Kerrie is an Accredited Member of the Statistical Society of Australia (2001) and incoming Society President, a long-time executive member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, an elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (2004) and an elected Fellow of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (2005). In 2010 she received the Outstanding Science Researcher Award from the Wesley Research Institute, the first time that this was awarded to a non-clinical researcher. In 2009 she received Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence (personal and team) and the CRC NPB Impact on Industry Award (team).  In 2015 Kerrie was annouced as an Australian Laureate Fellow.

Kerrie has held positions as a commercial statistical consultant for Siromath Pty Ltd (1987-1989), Director of the Statistical Consulting unit (1995-2000) and co-Director of NewStat Consulting (2001-2004). She has also been appointed to academic statistics positions at Bond University (Assistant Professor 1989-1990), Central Queensland University (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer 1990-1992), Colorado State University (Visiting Associate Professor 1993), QUT (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer 1994-2001), University of Newcastle (Professor and Head of Discipline, 2001-2004) and QUT (Research Professor in Statistics, 2004-). Substantive administrative appointments have included Head of Statistics at the University of Newcastle (2001-2004), Director of the Science Research Centre and then Associate Dean of Research at QUT (2004-2007) and inaugural Director of the QUT Collaborative Centre for Data Analysis and Computation (2009-2010).

Kerrie’s national and international reputation in statistics research and its application is supported by over 200 refereed journal publications, over 20 invited international conference presentations, attraction of over 30 large research grants and successful supervision of over 30 postgraduate students in the past 5 years. Please view Kerrie’s Bayesian Research & Applications Group (BRAG) website:  https://bragqut.wordpress.com/

Currents grants

  • ARC Laureate Fellow
  • Discovery Projects: 4
  • ARC Linkage Projects: 10
  • ARC Linkage International Projects: 1
  • ARC Centre of Excellence: 1
  • NHMRC Program Grant: 1
  • NHMRC Projects: 3
  • CRC substantive projects: 3 (NPB, SI, CIEAM)

Selected research projects

  • Bayesian learning: theory, methods and computation
  • Statistical modelling and analysis in environment
  • Statisitcal methods for high throughput genetic genomics
  • Bayesian methods for image classification with applications in biometrics and medicine
  • Biostatistics research in environmental health and medicine
This information has been contributed by Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen.


Teaching discipline: Mathematical Sciences

Teaching areas

  • Statistics
This information has been contributed by Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen.


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