About me

I am a statistician and statistical statistical consultant who works in industry.

The views I express here at Blogging Beyond are my own.

Research Interests

I have a special interest in interdisciplinary research, and in collaborative ways of working. I am fascinated by the energy that emerges when different cultures learn to communicate with each other. My training and experience spans Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology, Statistical Genetics and Statistics. My multidisciplinary background makes we well placed to lead or contribute to projects which lie at the interface of the life and physical sciences, or of academia and industry. Or both.

In terms of therapy areas I have worked on projects in rheumatology, metabolic disorders, and psychiatry. Complex disorders, if you will.

A brief reverse biography:

I am a statistical consultant working in industry, where I support pre-clinical drug discovery. I have been in this role since 2013. During that time I developed expertise in the application of principles of Design of Experiment and Statistical Design to ‘omics technologies as these technologies evolved. Whilst working in industry, I led internal communications for a dedicated team of scientists โ€“ the Target Science team – and was once referred to as the Rosetta stone of Target Sciences due to my ability to translate language across four interrelated scientific disciplines simultaneously.

From 2009 to 2013 I was a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London. My thesis was on the development of statistical methods to use genetic data in the estimation of disease risk. My supervisor was Professor Maria De Iorio. I spent the final thirteen months of my PhD studentship as a visiting student to the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. In 2013 I passed my PhD and starting working.

From 2008 to 2009 I was an MSc student in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial. I completed the MSc in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology.

My postgraduate training was funded by a Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Studentship.

My undergraduate training is in biochemistry. I completed a BSc Biochemistry, also at Imperial. My copy of Stryer is the green one (fifth edition).

Other than science

I have done all sorts of things over the years. At the moment I like art-making. Other interests include or have included reading, writing, swimming both insideย andย outside, and lifting heavy things.

Come collaborate.

9 Responses to About me

  1. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for your inspiring piece in Nature’s Seven Ages of the PhD. I really enjoy the blog!
    I keep a blog as well – on science and photography, called Photons and Neurons

  2. Erika Cule says:

    Thanks for the comment Cynthia! I am glad you enjoyed the Nature piece – I think it offers insights across all generations and continents. I saw from your blog that you are about to start your PhD. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Puneet Sharma says:

    Hi Erika!
    Went through your articles “Birthday Surprises” and short write up in Nature’s “Seven Ages of PhD”. Both of them are very well written =) and really enjoyed reading them (will be sharing them with my friends too). *Thumps up!*

    By the way, I am graduate student in Biotechnology and will be starting my dissertation in stem cells biology.

    • Erika Cule says:

      Thanks Puneet. I had fun writing both of those pieces. Blogging is a way for me to keep practicing my writing whilst I am studying. Best of luck with your dissertation! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nikola says:

    Dear Erika,

    I just want to say great work with this blog and I really enjoyed your contribution to Nature’s Seven Ages of the PhD. I have been thinking about starting up my own blog in Serbian for students from my university to write about my experiences as a PhD student abroad (I am from Serbia and will be starting my PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge this October). As I was ‘growing up’ at my university I felt that there was a lack of information about what our options were when we graduated and what it would be like as a PhD student. I’m hoping to change that by blogging about my experience and posting information about various opportunities. I was inspired by your blog so I think that I’ll definitely spend this summer researching how to get mine started!

    Keep up the good work!



  5. Erika Cule says:

    Hi Nikola

    One of the reasons I started my blog was that I wanted to share my experiences with other PhD students. During your studies I imagine that you will face some of the same issues I did (and do), but that you will meet some different challenges because you are moving countries for your PhD. Starting a blog is easy (we like wordpress round here!), I encourage you to get started – and check back here when you have your URL.

    Good luck with your blog, and the PhD.


    • Nikola says:

      Hi Erika,

      Thanks for the reply and for telling me about wordpress. I’ll definitely look into it once I’m done with my Master’s thesis in a few weeks.



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