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Prof Mario Cortina Borja
WTB 1.01
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London
UK
WC1N 1EH
Tel: 020 7905 2113
Fax: 020 7905 2381
Appointment
  • Professor of Biostatistics
  • Population, Policy & Practice Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor
Biography

Background and Qualifications

Mario Cortina Borja has been at the UCL Institute of Child Health since October 2000; he was appointed Professor of Biostatistics in the Population, Policy and Practice Programme in 2015. Mario has a BSc in Actuarial Science and an MSc in Statistics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a PhD in Statistics from the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath for a thesis entitled Graph-theoretic nonparametric multivariate procedures. 

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

Metrics

Mario’s h-index is 54 from >11500
 citations (google scholar, August 2020), and his Erdös number is 4. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, contributions to discussions, letters, and book reviews in 120 different periodical publications and contributes to peer-reviewing for many academic journals, notably Archives of Disease in Childhood, The Lancet, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Statistics in Medicine, Statistica Neerlandica, and Biostatistics

Research Groups
Research Themes
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

Modelling physical activity using accelerometry data

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 14 MSc students at Oxford and of 16 MSc/MRes students (2 as 2nd supervisor) and 30 PhD students (4 as 1st supervisor).

Appointments
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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