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The 2017 SASA Conference will be hosted by the University of Free State from 27 - 30 November 2017 at Ilanga Estate, Bloemfontein. Details here.

Meet the Statistician: Hassan Sadiq

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. I am investigating about the efficiencies of phylogenetic models in my thesis. Such models are useful for understanding the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens and they are necessary for the development of vaccines. I chose to be a Statistician because of the verse prospects that the career offers. I have acted as a tutor and a teaching assistant in charge of undergraduate and postgraduate students in volunteer and compensated capacities. My career highlights include receiving top national awards for my research outputs during my Honours and Masters studies. My Honours project led to the proposal of an optimal experimental design for the start-up phase of medical trials. My MSc dissertation involved developing statistical techniques useful for identifying positions in pathogens, such as HIV, that evolve to facilitate drug resistance. I believe in God. However, I also believe that becoming a great Statistician requires hard work, persistence and perseverance. I owe most of my success to the strong support from my family members, most notably my parents, my brothers Hussein and Abdel-Liazize and my sister Rissicatou. My academic journey equally benefited tremendously from the guidance and mentorship of respected scholars such as Prof. Sugnet Lubbe, Prof. Linda Haines, Assoc. Prof. Francesca Little and Dr. Miguel Lacerda. I plan to continue my studies up to post- doctoral level and become a respected and impeccable Bioinformatics scholar. It is my aspiration to nurture future trend-setting Statisticians. I hope to significantly contribute to the development of potent vaccines for some of the dreadful diseases, with special interest in Africa.