Rushani Wijesuriya

Rushani Wijesuriya

PhD Student

University of Melbourne


I recently completed a PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne, focusing on developing and evaluating statistical methods for handling missing data in complex epidemiological studies with multiple levels of clustering. I am currently working across the University of Melbourne, providing statistical support to a range of projects at the Department of General Practice and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute conducting methodological research.


  • Statistical Methods for Missing Data
  • Multiple Imputation
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Multilevel data


  • PhD in Biostatistics, 2018-2022

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Bsc (Honours) in Statistics, 2012-2016

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


Mathematics and Statistics

Theoretical and Practical

Statistical Software

R and Stata

Analytical skills

Data analysis and Visualization




Department of General Practice

Sep 2021 – Present University of Melbourne
I provide statistical support and advice for the reserach conducted in the department

Casual Research Assistant

Melbourne Clinical and Translational Science (MCATS) Platform

Feb 2021 – Sep 2021 University of Melbourne
I provided collaborative statistical support on the design, analysis and reporting of medical research

Casual Academic Tutor

Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CEB), Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Aug 2018 – Oct 2020 University of Melbourne

In this role I delivered tutorials and Stata/R statistical software practical sessions for the following statistical courses as a part of Master of Public Health and Master of Biostatistics.

  • Inferential Methods for Biostatistics- Master of Biostatistics
  • Linear and Logistic Regression-Master of Public Health
  • Biostatistics- Master of Public Health

Temporary Assistant Lecturer

Department of Statistics

Feb 2017 – Feb 2018 University of Colombo

Quantitative Research Services Intern

Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

Oct 2015 – Nov 2015 Sri Lanka


PhD thesis

Doctor of Philosophy - Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Undergraduate thesis

Undergraduate honours thesis in statistics

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  • Royal Children's Hopsital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052
  • I’m in the South Building (Level 4) at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
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