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I am an applied biostatistician who's work has covered the whole translational pathway from basic biology, through clinical effectiveness trial and epidemological studies through to implementation and evaluation research.


Steve Roberts is an applied biostatistician and Senior Lecturer in the Biostatistics Group at Manchester University, a post part-funded by the Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals (NHS) Trust. Prior to that he worked for many years as a Biostatistician at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research.

Research interests

My research interests focus the on applications of statistical modelling of observational data with particular emphasis on the interface between the laboratory and clinical medicine.

I have a particular interest in the use of routinely collected data to address real questions in a targetted and designed manner. Messy data has a particular interest in me.

I have a particular long-standing and current interest in assisted conception data, extending from mechanistic laboratory studies, through modelling of observational data on immediate treatment outcomes through to large-scale epidemiological linkage studies of long term outcomes of treatments on the health of the resultant offspring.

I still cannot escape a long-standing interest in the analysis of radiobiological and radiotherapy data with binary outcome measures and non-linear models.

More generally I have a role in a number of research groups in applying robust statistical methodology to the design, conduct and analysis of studies investigating interesting or inportant scientific and clinical questions from laboratory to patients and beyond to poulations.


  • Statistical and research methods teaching, for the Central Manchester Trust.
  • Statistical consultancy for CMFT
  • Consultancy skills training for Biostatistics MSc.
  • Statistical support for Medical Students projects
  • Support and mentoring to junior researchers


My collaborations

Too many to list: See publications and grants!

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Statistical Editor for Human Reproduction
  • CMFT Early Phase Safety Committee
  • Royal Statistical Society member


  • Central Manchester Research Ethics Committee
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility Scientific Advisory Board (Manchester)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Biostatistics


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