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Rodríguez Álvarez, María Xosé

Ikerbasque Research Fellow

Applied Statistics

Mazarredo, 14. 48009 Bilbao Basque Country - Spain


I am currently an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at BCAM. I finished my undergraduate studies in Mathematics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in 1999, and from 2005 until 2007 I did the USC-specific master's degree in Biostatistics. I obtained my Advanced Study Diploma (ASD) in 2006 and my PhD in Mathematics at the USC in 2011. My professional career started at the private sector. From 2001 until 2005 I worked in the Information Technology sector, carrying out different roles. This experience gave me a strong background on programming and computation, which enriched my posterior research and research-related career. In 2006, I moved to the University, first as part-time Associate Lecturer at the University of Vigo, UVIGO (2006 – 2007), and then as R & D project manager (Isabel Barreto’s Competitive Grant Program, Xunta de Galicia) at the USC (2008 – 2009). My interest in multidisciplinary biomedical research led me to be awarded a competitive grant funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III. In 2010 I joined the University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela as Biostatistician, where I built a solid multidisciplinary career path. From 2013 until 2016 I had a competitive 3-year postdoctoral fellow contract (funded by the Xunta de Galicia) at the UVIGO. As part of this position, I made several long-term research stays (in total 2 years) at different European Universities (Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany; Biometris, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands; and Universidade do Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal). My methodological research in Statistics covers three different, but related, areas: (a) Statistical evaluation of the diagnostic and/or prognostic value of clinical biomarkers; (b) Development of efficient algorithms for the estimation of flexible regression models; and (c) Categorisation of continuous clinical variables to be included in prediction models. All my research has a strong multidisciplinary component with a special focus on Medical and Agricultural applications. Most of the statistical-methodological topics I have covered have been motivated by the need of analysing and understanding complex biological and health phenomena. Besides, the transference of the new advances to the biomedical field by means of user-friendly software constitutes an important fraction of my research.

Eusko Jaurlaritza - Gobierno Vasco ikerbasque - Basque Foundation for Science Bizkaia xede. Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia innobasque - Agencia vasca de la innovación Universidad del PaÃŒs Vasco (UPV/EHU)