My background is in demography, epidemiology and applied statistics.
Knowledge in epidemiology I obtained primarily during my PhD research at the Pharmacoepidemiology research unit of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2011-2015). My PhD thesis was entitled “Age-period-cohort methodology: confounding by birth cohort in cardiovascular pharmacoepidemiology”, it can be found here. In this research, I actually combined the three fields in which I am educated. My supervisors were prof. dr. Eelko Hak (epidemiologist), prof. dr. Stijn Vansteelandt (statistician), and dr. Fanny Janssen (demographer).
The majority of my statistical knowledge comes from my master’s degree in Statistical Data Analysis from the University of Ghent, Belgium, which was completed with distinction (2012-2014). However, during my PhD research, I also visited the Centre for Statistical Methodology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, for a three-month period. Here, I worked with prof. dr. Bianca De Stavola and Dr. Rhian Daniel on assessing and extending a causal inference method for age-period-cohort analysis.
My first master’s degree was a research master’s degree (specialization: demography) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, which was completed with the highest distinction (2009-2011). My master’s research was partially conducted at the Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. I have been keeping myself up to date on demographic research through the Demotrends blog, for which I am an editor and regular contributor. Of course, as of november 1, 2015, I am continuously updated on the newest developments in demography through my position as Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany.