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Moving from Promise to Proficiency

Courtesy of Heather Cordell Early Indications: I'd always enjoyed mathematics and statistics at school and then at university. I was interested in applying statis-tical and mathematical methods to scientific and medical problems and got into the area of statistical genetics, basically because I came across an opening to do a DPhil (PhD) in that area. Having gotten into the field, I found genetics to be a source of very interesting statistical problems, as well as providing the opportunity to

Heather Cordell
Courtesy of Heather Cordell

Early Indications: I'd always enjoyed mathematics and statistics at school and then at university. I was interested in applying statis-tical and mathematical methods to scientific and medical problems and got into the area of statistical genetics, basically because I came across an opening to do a DPhil (PhD) in that area. Having gotten into the field, I found genetics to be a source of very interesting statistical problems, as well as providing the opportunity to apply my research to important medical problems.

Mentors of Merit: My PhD adviser, John Todd, my postdoctoral advisor, Robert Elston, and my current boss, David Clayton, have all provided invaluable encouragement and guidance. A number of other colleagues, such as Martin Farrall, Dan Weeks, and Jane Olson, have contributed in various ways and at various times to my progress. At secondary school I was greatly encouraged by my mathematics teacher, Judita...

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