Joanna Ficek, M.Sc. in Biostatistics LMU

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” W. Churchill

PhD Student


My interest lies in data integration, especially of clinical and multinomics data, as well as developing and applying new statistical methods to improve disease diagnosis and treatment.

I studied Mathematics (B.Sc.) at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland with academic exchange at the University of Bath, UK. I further obtained the M.Sc. in Biostatistics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany with the fellowship from DAAD. My Master’s thesis project under supervision of Prof. Dr. Sonja Greven (LMU Munich) and Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Umlauf (University of Innsbruck) was focused on boosting joint models, a state-of-the-art statistical modelling approach for complex data structures in the medical domain. Parallel to and between the degrees I gathered experience in working with clinical data (Galen Ortopedia, Poland), analysing genomic data (Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences) as well as in statistical consulting (StaBLab LMU, Germany). In October 2018 I joined the Rätsch lab as a PhD student and since then I have been involved in exciting interdisciplinary projects focused on cancer research.