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Dr Luca Grieco
Room 301
4 Taviton Street
  • Research Associate
  • Clinical Operational Research Unit
  • Dept of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I work as a Research Associate in the UCL Clinical Operational Research Unit where I apply quantitative methods to support health protection policy and to improve performance of healthcare systems. I have a background in Industrial Engineering and Operational Research techniques gained during my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Sapienza University of Rome. In 2013, I earned my PhD in Genomics and Bioinformatics dealing with machine learning and dynamical modelling approaches to identify targets for cancer therapy.

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Research Summary

My research work consists of supporting decision making through mathematical modelling, data analysis and development of user-friendly software. During my appointment in the UCL Clinical Operational Research Unit (CORU) I have been involved in several projects supporting process improvement within healthcare organisations or providing advice to the UK Department of Health on questions of national interest.

Currently, my work is funded (May 2017 - February 2020) by a project entitled "Workforce operations that realise knowledge-based transformational efficiency gains in community care" (WORKTECC). WORKTECC's aim is to identify scope for efficiency gain in home-based healthcare services, with particular focus on two North East London boroughs. My role in the project is to build mathematical models to support decision making regarding workforce composition as well as allocation, scheduling, routing and coordination of staff and volunteers.

My previous experience at CORU includes the following projects:

  • Informing national guidance on the stock of decontamination equipment to be held by healthcare services in England.
  • Identifying the main causes of overcrowding in the emergency department of University College London NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Demand analysis and capacity planning for stroke services in North Central London.
  • Health economic analyses to compare different vaccine stockpiling strategies against possible influenza pandemics.
  • Analysis of operational costs of school-based vaccination in the context of a national programme against influenza.

Since April 2016, I am also member of UCL Consultants.

Teaching Summary

I contribute to teaching a module in Operational Research on the MSc in Mathematical Modelling run by the Mathematics Department.

01-MAR-2014 Operational research analyst (postdoc) Clinical Operational Research Unit, Dept. of Mathematics University College London, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2013 – 31-JAN-2014 Bioinformatician (postdoc) Institut Curie U900 (Paris)  , France
01-NOV-2008 – 31-DEC-2012 Bioinformatician (PhD student) Inserm U1090 (Marseille) & École Normale Supérieure (Paris)  , France
Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctorat – Bioinformatics Universite de la Mediterranée (Aix Marseille II)
2008 LAUM Laurea magistrale – Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
2005 LAU Laurea – Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
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