Samuel Muller

PhD, Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, Professor

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Research interests

Discovering, designing and building statistical models that better population and planet health through:

  • Variable selection and feature extraction solutions for large and complex data
  • Statistical model building for better and more accurate prediction
  • Correlated, clustered and complex data analysis
  • Classification and improved prediction methods for multiplatform data
  • Development of regularization methods for high-dimensional data
  • Resampling-based stability information
  • Robust selection and estimation methods including when data contains outliers, errors or some of the information is missing
  • Analysis of multi-layered and structured data in bioinformatics, microbiome, organ transplant and neuroscience applications

Research engagement

  • Industry and government partners are welcome to contact me to explore projects and partnerships that would benefit from the capability of my research group
  • Reliable and accurate statistical solutions for modern complex data (Australian Research Council funded, as CI)
  • Fast fexible feature selection for high dimensional challenging data (Australian Research Council funded, as CI)
  • Cost-Utility Comparison of Down-Titration Strategies for Safer and More Efficient Use of Biologics in Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis (NHMRC funded, as AI)
  • Better Outcomes in Inflammatory Arthritis (NHMRC funded, as AI)

Research student supervision

Samuel Muller has supervised to completion 10 Postdocs, 13 PhDs, 2 Masters of Research students and 13 Honours students. Currently he supervises 4 Postdocs and 2 PhD students.


Samuel Muller is a Professor of Statistics and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association with expertise in variable selection and inference for statistically challenging data. He is the inaugural Head of School in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and a Theory and Methods Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics. He served a full term on the Australian Research Council College of Experts until 2021. His past employment includes

Macquarie University: from 2020 - present

  • Head, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, since 2022
  • Head, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 2020-2021

University of Sydney: from 2008 to 2020

  • Head (Acting and Interim), School of Mathematics and Statistics, 2019 - 2020
  • Promoted to Professor of Statistics, 2018
  • Associate Dean Research Education, Faculty of Science, 2016-2019
  • Promoted to Associate Professor, 2015
  • Promoted to Senior Lecturer, 2010
  • Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Statististics

University of Western Australia: from 2006 to 2007

  • Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Statistics

Australian National University: from 2003 to 2004

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation), Mathematical Sciences Institute
University of Bern (Switzerland): from 1998 to 2003 and 2004 to 2006
  • Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science, 2002-2003 and 2004-2006 
  • Associate Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science, 1998-2002

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematics, PhD, University of Bern

Award Date: 1 Nov 2002

Statistics and Insurance Mathematics, Diploma (MSc), University of Bern

Award Date: 1 Oct 1998

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of Sydney

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2026

College of Experts, Member, Australian Research Council

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021


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