Statistics is not just an academic exercise - the work done in the department has an impact on scientific knowledge and real benefits to society. The work done has helped to predict protein structure, which is used in the development of new drugs, and other work has helped to predict 'missing' genetic data, which allows easier identification of genes that may be associated with any given disease.
Researchers in the Department of Statistics have developed novel rapid methods for predicting protein structure, which are now used by major pharmaceutical companies in the development of new drugs.
IMPUTE, developed in the Department of Statistics, has changed the field of human genetics by enabling the accurate prediction of ‘missing’ genetic data. This allows much easier identification of genes that may be associated with any given disease.