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Prof Mario Cortina Borja
WTB 1.01
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 020 7905 2113
Fax: 020 7905 2381
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  • Professor of Biostatistics
  • Population, Policy & Practice Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Background and Qualifications

Mario Cortina Borja has been at the UCL Institute of ChildHealth since October 2000; he was appointed Professor of Biostatistics in thePopulation, Policy and Practice Programme in 2015. Mario has a BSc in ActuarialScience and an MSc in Statistics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma deMéxico, and a PhD in Statistics from the School of Mathematical Sciences at theUniversity of Bath for a thesis entitled Graph-theoretic nonparametricmultivariate procedures. 

Before coming to UCL Mario was a statistician at theInstituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas at the National AutonomousUniversity of Mexico, a research officer in applied mathematics at the Schoolof Chemical Engineering in the University of Bath, a lecturer, then seniorlecturer, in Statistics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and,for five years, consulting and teaching officer in the Department ofStatistics, University of Oxford.


Mario’s h-index is 58from >14000
 citations(google scholar, Nov 2022), and his Erdös number is 4. He has published over 440 peer-reviewed papers, contributions to discussions, letters, and book reviews in 165 different periodical publications and contributes to peer-reviewing for many academic journals.

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Research Summary

Mario is an applied statistician with a background in Actuarial Science and Mathematics; he has worked in many scientific areas.  His present research involves:

Epidemiology of infectious disease, particularly HIV and Hepatitis C

Seasonal patterns, especially birthdays and the effect of date of birth on adult health

Record linkage methods

Modelling discrete, long-tailed  data

Modelling circular responses

Transformations in bounded outcome variables

Applications of copulae models

Teaching Summary

Mario was 1st supervisor of 13 MSc students at Oxford, 1 MPhil at Cambridge, and of 16 MSc/MRes students (2 as 2nd supervisor) and 30 PhD students (4 as 1st supervisor) at UCL.

01-OCT-2015 Professor of Biostatistics Population, Policy and Practice Programme Institute of Child Health, University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2000 – 30-SEP-2015 Senior Lecturer Centre for Paediatic Epidemiology and Biostatistics Institute of Child Health, University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-1996 – 30-SEP-2000 Consulting and Teaching Officer Department of Statistics University of Oxford, United Kingdom
01-MAY-1992 – 31-DEC-1995 Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Statistics Departamento de Estadística Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico
01-APR-1991 – 31-MAR-1992 Research Officer Department of Chemical Engineering University of Bath, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1992   Doctor of Philosophy University of Bath
1985   Master of Science Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
1984   Bachelor of Science Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
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