Department of Statistics

Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics at Macquarie University is one of Australia’s largest university statistics departments. We apply statistics to a diverse field of interests including medicine, social science, biology, sport and finance.

We also offer the full range of statistical activity, from training undergraduates to supervising postdoctoral scholars and adhere to Macquarie’s learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page.

Head of Department

Professor Gillian Heller

Professor Gillian Heller is the Head of Statistics and coordinator of the Biostatistics Program. She received her BSc and PhD from Cape Town and her MSc from the University of South Africa.

She is the co-author of two books on statistics (2008, 2017). Professor Heller’s research interests include generalised linear modelling, biostatistical applications, functional data analysis, survival analysis and mixed outcomes.



Applied research interests of the statisticians at Macquarie are mainly concerned with the applications of statistical methods in medicine and stochastic finance. Other applied areas of interest include statistical education and computer simulation as applied to the analysis of communication networks.

Research into theoretical and computational statistics is carried on by members of the Computational Statistics Research Group (CSRG).

The work is mostly concerned with theoretical and algorithmic aspects of statistical image processing, signal processing, function estimation and statistical inverse problems.

Other research interests in the department include:

  • time series
  • econometrics
  • goodness-of-fit procedures
  • discrete multivariate distributions
  • statistical decision theory
  • nonparametric regression methods
  • minimal distance methods
  • regression smoothing methods
  • nonparametric procedures.

For all research degrees, supervision must be available and candidates can be accepted only where suitable specialised supervision is available. Candidates should check the research interests of members of the department and approach potential supervisors prior to making application to the university.

Research funding support

The Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie does offer travel support.

In addition, when it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

Engage with us

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Science Research Office ( Or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnerships Manager:

Mark Berlage


Our Research Seminar Series covers a broad range of topics from different areas of statistics. The seminars are scheduled at 2-3pm on Tuesdays. All welcome.


12 Wally's Walk
Building E7A, Level 6
Macquarie University NSW 2109

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