DR Karen Lamb

DR Karen Lamb


  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology



  • Dr Lamb is a Biostatistician and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland in 2010 where her research focussed on developing mathematical models of pneumococcal carriage and transmission. Following her PhD, Dr Lamb was employed as a biostatistician and postdoctoral researcher at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Science Unit in Glasgow, Scotland. Her research involved helping address problems about how where people live, and the resources they have around them, influences their health and behaviour. This has remained an area of interest for Dr Lamb since that time. Dr Lamb relocated to Australia in 2012 to take up a position at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute as part of the newly created Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat). Here, her research focussed on childhood cancer. In 2014, Dr Lamb was awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to tackle statistical issues in neighbourhoods and health research and joined the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) at Deakin University in Mellbourne. Following her fellowship, Dr Lamb continued working at Deakin University where she combined her research with statistical consultancy for staff and students in the Institute for Physical Activity and nutrition (IPAN). Dr Lamb joined the University of Melbourne in 2019 as part of the Melbourne Clinical and Translational Science (MCATS) platform at the University of Melbourne where she provides statistical advice on the design, analysis and reporting of medical research.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Strathclyde 2010
  • BSc (Hons), The University of Glasgow 2006


Available for supervision

  • Y