I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Data Science & Statistics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex, United Kingdom.
My expertise lies within Biostatistics and Medical Statistics domains with extensive practice of high dimensional data sets, particularly from functional genomic experiments. Developing and effectively applying advanced machine learning techniques, e.g. clustering and classification approaches, are a key strength of my research profile. Applications of multilevel modelling with high throughput data sets, causal inference in gentic epidemiological studeis are the core of my present research focus.
I have completed my Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the University of Essex, UK. My thesis was entitled 'Improving Statistical Learning within Functional Genomic Experiments by means of Feature Selection' and supervised by Prof. Berthold Lausen and Dr. Andrew Harrison. My Ph.D. thesis proposed a novel technique, named Proportion Overlapping Score (POS), for identifying most informative genes in considered classification problems. The POS approach was further extended to minimize redundancy among genes selected based on the developed overlapping analysis. This extension led to the presentation of the POSr method. I have obtained my MSc. and Bachelor in Applied Statistics from Helwan University, Egypt.
I have an extensive experience on writing software commands for newly developed statistical techniques as well as for applying existing methods, mainly using the R statistical programming environment. In addition, I enjoy developing useful software tools to help other researchers in dealing with data — check out my projects. I am an expert in using numerous tools for reproducible research including Rmarkdown, Sweave, advanced R graphics, Knitr and Shiny. I am an author for a number of published R packages such as: PropOverlap; ESKNN; OTE.
My published work are listed in the page of publications. Also, you can view a little outdated version of my curriculum vitae from here.
I am delivering a number of courses in Statistics, Machine Learning and Medical Statistics for a wide range of audience, associated with R packages to facilitate courses delivery. These teaching-packages combine together the practical sheets with solutions, course notes and training data sets — check out details of the courses.
I have been granted a scholarship for pursuing Ph.D. studies in the United Kingdom (Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, 2012 - 2015). Furthermore, I have been awarded a number of prizes at various international conferences and workshops:
- Award of best presentation, 'Developing data-driven biology within Morocco Workshop', Tangiers, Morocco, 2015.
- Award of best presentation, 'Inspire Conference II', University of Essex, UK, 2014.
- Award of best presentation, 'Mathematical Sciences Workshop: Actuarial Science and Statistics', 50th Anniversary Celebration Meeting Classification Society, UK, 2014.
I have a great passion to teaching, travelling and meeting new people :)
I Grew up in Cairo, Egypt, moved to United Kingdom for pursuing my Ph.D. studies. In the meantime, I live in the fantastic city, Bristol, UK.
My email, social media contacts and academic profile links are available at the bottom of every page. Meeting new people is always a great source of my happiness so don't hesitate to send a message!
I am working on various research projects and delivering several courses. I am also happy to deliver on-site courses. Then, feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss potential ideas.