I was born in Rhodes in 1980. I entered the Athens University of Economic and Business in 1998 and I graduated in 2002 having obtained a Stats degree from the Department of Statistics. During my undergraduate studies I met Prof Petros Dellaportas who persuaded me to do a PhD and particularly to come to the UK to do it.
Therefore, I came to the UK in September 2002 to study for an MSc in Medical Statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Lancaster University. As part of this study, I had the opportunity to visit Prof Leo Held at the Department of Statistics in the University of Munich and work with him on performing a space-time analysis of leptospirosis incidence in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
After finishing my MSc, I started (in Lancaster) my PhD in Statistics under the supervision of Prof Gareth Roberts . I focused on developing efficient Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms for missing data problems. Particularly, I was interested in constructing robust algorithms for partially observed stochastic epidemic models. This methodology was applied to model the 2001 UK Foot and Mouth outbreak in Cumbria. A substantial part of my PhD was the development of a new class of semi-parametric time series models based on latent branching trees.
Just before finishing my PhD I moved to the University of Nottingham in September 2006 to work with Prof Phil O'Neill on modelling healthcare-associated infections such MRSA, C-diff, GRE etc. The project was in close collaboration with what was known as Health Protection Agency then (Public Health England now) in London where I worked with Prof Ben Cooper who has now moved to the Nuffield Department of Medicine in Thailand. The main of this project was to answer important scientific questions regarding the spread of such pathogens within hospital wards. This is a research area that I am still working on at the moment.
In September 2008 I was appointed as a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Statistics.