Researcher biography

Dr Darsy Darssan obtained three degrees in Statistics at mathematical sciences schools of three different universities: a Bachelor of Science with Honours in 2005 at University of Jaffna, a Master of Applied Science in 2008 at RMIT University and a Doctor of Philosophy in 2014 at Queensland University of Technology.

While doing his two years full time traditional face-to-face master degree, Darsy worked as a part-time Statistician at Australian Council for Educational Research for a year.

Between the two bouts of postgraduate studies, Darsy worked for two years: as a Statistician at the University of New South Wales for a year and another year as an Associate Research Fellow in Applied Statistics at the University of Wollongong.

While doing the highest degree in Statistics Darsy worked as a sessional academic, contributed to teaching introductory statistics to various cohorts of first-year undergraduate students. Upon completion of the doctoral degree, Darsy moved to the University of Liverpool in the UK to do his Postdoctoral research in Biostatistics. Darsy returned home in late 2015 and worked as a Biostatistician at The University of Queensland for three years before taking the current position.

Dr Darsy Darssan is a full time teaching and research academic.


Current teaching: 2020 Sem 2

Health Research Methods (PUBH2007)

  • Undergraduate level course
  • Online mode due to COVID19
  • 120 Students
  • Data production - experiments
  • Probability and sampling
  • Statistical inference
  • R-Commander

Past teaching: 2019 Sem 1 & 2, 2020 Sem 1

Introduction to Biostatistics (PUBH7630)

  • Postgraduate level course
  • Face-to-Face and Online mode
  • 142, 122 & 120 Students, Respectively
  • Role of Statistics in Health/Data/Measurements
  • Quality data management
  • Sample size calculation
  • Significance tests
  • Statistical analysis plan
  • Peer review activity (since 2020)
  • Flipped classroom (since 2020)
  • R-Commander

Career Statistician:

As a career statistician, Darsy is interested in developing novel statistical methodologies. The following three research streams currently flow smoothly: time to event outcomes and dynamic prediction, rigid strategies for pooling study results, and design methodologies for phase I/II trials.

Service Statistician:

Darsy has experience working as a service statistician. He mainly worked on clinical trials where he was involved in study designs, randomisation, protocols development, statistical analysis plans, final statistical reports. He actively participated in data safety monitoring boards. Darsy provided statistical service to Biologists, Rheumatologists, Ophthalmologists, Nephrologist, Endocrinologist and Health Service Researchers.