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Academic Background

Elena Kulinskaya received a BSc and MSc in mathematics from Moscow State Lomonosov University, and a PhD in statistics from Vilnius State University in 1987.



Elena Kulinskaya is Professor in Statistics (Aviva Chair in Statistics) at University of East Anglia. She completed her PhD in 1987 at Vilnius University, Lithuania, after which she worked at a number of Russian academic institutions. In 1992 she moved to Australia, where she was employed as Senior Lecturer at LaTrobe University (Melbourne). In 1998 she moved to UK, where she worked as a Reader in Statistics at the University of Hertfordshire, and as of 2004, as Director of Statistical Advisory Service at Imperial College London. She took up her position at University of East Anglia in 2010.

Key Research Interests

  • Foundations of statistics
  • Statistical methods for discrete and skewed data
  • Asymptotic methods
  • Applied statistics, with applications in ecology,  medicine and actuarial sciences
  • Meta-analysis and research synthesis


Meta-analysis, advanced methods of data analysis, foundations of statistics, robust methods, statistical consulting, actuarial and medical statistics; patient classification systems, design of statistical software.

Additional Information

PhD students and their projects

Title: Multivariate methods of meta-analysis
Start date: October 2012
Student: Ilyas Bakbergenuly
: Prof. Elena Kulinskaya Prof. Harvey Goldstein

Title: Development and testing of the underwriting rules fo chronic medical conditions
Start date: October 2012
Student: Lisanne Gitsels
Supervisor(s): Prof. Elena Kulinskaya (CMP), Dr Beatriz de la Iglesia (CMP), Mr Nigel Wright (Aviva)

Title: Understanding longevity risks from hip and knee replacement
Start date: October 2012
Student: Hussein Wahedally
Supervisor(s):  Prof. Alex MacGregor, Prof. Elena Kulinskaya (CMP)

Title: Modelling mortality in the presence of chronic medical conditions
Start date:  September 2011
Student: Skevi Pericleous
Supervisor(s): Prof. Elena Kulinskaya (CMP)

Title: Detection of temporal trends in meta-analysis
Start date: January 2012
Student: Samson Dogo
Supervisor(s): Prof. Elena Kulinskaya (CMP), Dr. John Wood (PHA), Dr. Julia Koricheva (RHUL) 

Title: Can impaired life annuities form the basis of combined pensions and long-term care insurance products and hence a way for individuals to cover the risk of needing long term care in later life
Start date: April 2012
Student: Mohamed Elsheemy  
Supervisor(s): Prof. Elena Kulinskaya (CMP), Prof. Ruth Hancock (NMS)

Follow this link for details of current PhD opportunities in Computing Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.


Key Responsibilities

  • Director MSc in Statistics
  • Director of Machine Learning and Statistics Laboratory
  • Plagiarism Officer
  • Chair of Board of Examiners, Actuarial Sciences
  • Director of Equality and Diversity

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