«Statisticians are second-class mathematicians, third-rate scientists and fourth-rate thinkers. They are the hyenas, jackals and vultures of the scientific ecology: picking over the bones and carcasses of the game that the big cats, the biologists, the physicists and the chemists, have brought down.» - Stephen Senn
As my CV shows, I was on the trajectory of becoming a big cat but then fully embraced the life of a hyena. I am a research fellow at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Zurich in the Applied Statistics group of Professor Reinhard Furrer. There, I try to develop benchmarks for good statistical practice in animal research in order to improve the reproducibility of animal studies.
Member of the Animal Research Commission of the Canton of Zurich: The commission assesses the scientific and ethical validity of animal research proposals of all animal experiments conducted in the canton of Zurich, predominantly from ETH Zürich and the University of Zurich.
Scientific Lectures and Talks
M-22E Workshop on «Reproducibility in Animal Research»/ «Important Statistical Concepts for Animal Research», organised every semester by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Science of the University of Zurich.
Natural Language Processing for automated case classification, 7th of March 2019, Swiss National Insurance Fund Suva, Lucerne.
Writing about animal research: It’s the philosophy, stupid!, 14th of February 2018, Basel Declaration Society Conference in San Francisco.
For public talks and moderations, see here.
Scientific Publications and Posters
Grüninger S. 2017. Does the Blue Bird Get the Flu? Using Twitter for Flu Surveillance. Master thesis. University of Zurich.
Steiner, A., Hella J., Grüninger, S., Mhalu, G., Mhimbira, F., Cercamondi, C.I., Doulla, B., Maire, N. and Fenner, L. 2016. Managing research and surveillance projects in real-time with a novel open-source eManagement tool designed for under-resourced countries. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 23(5), 916-923.
Ectopic CO2 receptor expression in certain ORN classes mediates aversion in Drosophila. Poster at Amgen Scholars Symposium in Cambridge.
Li, W., Prazak, L., Chatterjee, N., Grüninger, S., Krug, L., Theodorou, D., and Dubnau, J. 2013. Activation of transposable elements during aging and neuronal decline in Drosophila. Nature neuroscience, 16(5), 529.
For popular science and other articles, see here.
You can find my Github repositories here. Note that I am currently in the process of merging the different Github I created over the years, thereby overhauling the repositories worth keeping and clearing out others. As of now, only my current Master thesis project and a small pet project is visible, other repositories will become visible over time. In the meantime, share my delight for this CV I just created using pagedown!
Statistical Evidence and Publication Bias: My current Master thesis at EPFL.
Bad Stats: A (growing) collection of statistics done wrong (or rather: statistics done in a way that could be improved). Did you stumble across a good example for bad stats? Then send me an e-mail or send a pull request with quick explanation of why you believe it’s bad statistics.