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Distinguished Professor of Statistics, University of Technology Sydney

After completing her undergraduate degree in statistics and mathematics at Macquarie University, Louise Ryan left Australia in 1979 to pursue her PhD in statistics at Harvard University in the United States.

In 1983, Louise then took up a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics, jointly between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1985, eventually becoming the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard.

Louise returned to Australia in early 2009 to take up the role as Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics.

In 2012, she joined UTS as a Distinguished Professor of Statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Louise is well known for her methodological contributions to statistical methods for cancer and environmental health research. She is loves the challenge and satisfaction of multidisciplinary collaboration.

She has received numerous prestigious awards, most recently her 2012 election to the Australian Academy of Science. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard University.

Louise is a Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).


  • –present
    Professor of statistics, University of Technology Sydney


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science