Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Ryan

Senior Biostatistician


Liz joined the QFAB team in January 2020 as a Senior Biostatistician to help QFAB provide biostatistics support to QCIF members and partners. In particular, Liz helps deliver biostatistics clinics at the Translational Research Institute and Child Health Research Centre.  Liz is appointed to QFAB through UQ’s Centre for Health Services Research. She is part of the Research and Statistical Support Service led by Associate Professor Jason Ferris to provide support to the UQ Faculty of Medicine.

 Liz was previously based at the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Birmingham and the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick. In this role she worked as a Senior Research Fellow on a UK Medical Research Council (MRC) funded project titled: “Evaluation of Bayesian adaptive designs for Phase 3 effectiveness trials”. This project involved constructing Bayesian adaptive designs for several large phase III studies that were originally designed using traditional methods and investigating the effects of Bayesian adaptive methodologies on clinical trial design, execution, and conclusions. 

Prior to this Liz worked as a statistician in the Biostatistics and Health Informatics Department, King's College London (KCL). In this role Liz worked on a number of clinical trials, screening studies, and epidemiological studies, in mental health, neuroscience, surgery, and pharmaceuticals.

In 2014 Liz completed a PhD in Statistics at QUT in optimal methods for Bayesian experimental design, with an emphasis on designing pharmacokinetic studies. 


Research Interests

  • Bayesian statistics
  • Clinical trials
  • Experimental design
  • Epidemiology


  • PhD in mathematics (statistics), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2014
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours - I), major in mathematics, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2011