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(MSc (Statistics), PhD (Biostatistics))Katrina Sharples (2022)

Professor of Biostatistics

Office: Science III, room 238
Tel +64 21 245 5686


I am a biostatistician, with a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington, Seattle. I have fairly broad interests in statistical methods for clinical and epidemiological research, with particular expertise in clinical trials. I am the lead statistician for Cancer Trials New Zealand, the Centre for International Health and the  Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network, and I am a member of the Otago Global Health Institute and the Centre for Translational Research in Cancer.

My time is divided between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Medicine.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities include:

Research interests

  • Clinical trials
  • Statistical methods in epidemiology


Apriani, L., McAllister, S., Sharples, K., Aini, I. N., Nurhasanah, H., Ratnaningsih, D. F., … Hill, P. C. (2024). Tuberculin skin test and Interferon-gamma release assay agreement, and associated factors with latent tuberculosis infection, in medical and nursing students in Bandung, Indonesia. PLoS ONE, 19(3), e0299874. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0299874 Journal - Research Article

O'Reilly, E., Lao, L., Woodhouse, B., Sharples, K., Print, C., & Lawrence, B. (2024). Palliative radiotherapy is effective for both well- and poorly differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasms. Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Oncology, 68, 94-102. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.13597 Journal - Research Article

Kibirige, D., Andia-Biraro, I., Kyazze, A. P., Olum, R., Bongomin, F., Nakavuma, R. M., … Hill, P. C., … Sharples, K., & Critchley, J. (2023). Burden and associated phenotypic characteristics of tuberculosis infection in adult Africans with diabetes: A systematic review. Scientific Reports, 13, 19894. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-47285-4 Journal - Research Article

Kyazze, A. P., Ssekamatte, P., Nakavuma, R., Emoru, R., Laizer, S. N., Mrema, L., … Sharples, K., … Hill, P., … Andia-Biraro, I. (2023). Latent tuberculosis infection among people with diabetes mellitus in Uganda and Tanzania. BMJ Global Health, 8(Suppl. 10), (pp. A13-A14). doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-EDC.31 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Porter-Steele, J., Sharples, K., Chan, D., Benge, S., Laing, B., Balaam, S., … McCarthy, A. (2023). Protocol of a feasibility randomised controlled trial of an intervention to enhance recovery from breast cancer treatment. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 19(S3), (pp. 271-272). doi: 10.1111/ajco.14026 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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