Richard J Munthali

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Dr. Richard Munthali is a Statistician at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), Wits University and an independent data scientist/analyst consultant. He completed a PhD in Bioinformatics from University of the Witwatersrand in 2017. Dr Munthali’s PhD research focused on longitudinal genetic risk factors of obesity in African populations. He did spend some time at the University of Cambridge, UK and Emory University, USA as a visiting PhD researcher under different fellowships. Dr Munthali also holds an MSc in Mathematical Science from Stellenbosch University, South Africa and did his undergraduate studies in Mathematical Sciences Education (Statistics and Computing) at the Polytechnic under the University of Malawi.

After his PhD, Richard did his postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia, Canada in statistical genetics. He was involved in the development and application of algorithms for analyzing large-scale biological data through bioinformatics, data science and statistics in the areas of longitudinal genetic and epigenetic association studies, targeted whole genome bisulfite sequencing, and the role of DNA methylation patterns in the aetiology of asthma and other allergic conditions.

Throughout his academic and professional endeavors, Dr Munthali has attended seminars and bootcamps that helped him to gain skills in data science and it’s applications in different fields. He worked on projects that applied data science techniques in healthcare, finance and security. His interests include development and application of mathematical, statistical and computational tools/algorithms in healthcare predictive and prescriptive analytics such health status prediction, real time patient monitoring and disease surveillance, pricing and readmission among others, using lifestyle, clinical, environmental and genetic health care data.