Career Profile

Applied statistician with expertise on spatial epidemiology, R-INLA and research interests on public health, climate change and childhood health.


Postdoctoral researcher

2019 - Present
ISPM, University of Bern

I work on developing a class of continuous domain models, namely the log-Gaussian Cox processes (LGCP) , to model adult lung and colorectal cancer incidence in the French speaking cantons in Switzerland. My current role also includes supervising PhD and MSc students on various projects including:

  • developing spatial models to model background radiation in Switzerland
  • examining the association of childhood leukaemia and proximity to petrol stations
  • reviewing competing risk models for childhood cancer survival
  • developing an automatized tool for childhood cancers cluster detection in Switzerland
  • Visiting researcher

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

    I did a 3-month internship at the CEMSE (Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering) division of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology under the supervision of Prof Haavard Rue. There I worked with him on conducting a simulation study comparing the LGCPs with the Besag-York-Mollie (BYM) models for disease mapping and also gained expertise on R-INLA.

    PhD in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    2015 - 2019
    ISPM, University of Bern

    My thesis was entitled "Analysis of spatial clustering of childhood cancers" and it was the first systematic investigation of the spatial clustering of childhood cancers in Switzerland. The first part of my PhD was focused on global clustering and cluster detection, whereas the second part on disease mapping and spatial regression. During the second part of my PhD I gained expertise on models commonly used for disease mapping and/or spatial regression. For the PhD-related publications see below. In addition, during my PhD I was involved in a couple of other projects:

  • spatial modelling the Human Papillomavirus vaccination uptake in Switzerland
  • investigating the temporal trends of childhood cancer incidence in Switzerland
  • Freelance Statistics/Mathematics tutor

    2012 - now

  • Introduction to R (help on the tutorials), University of Bern (2019)
  • Bayesian modelling with R-INLA, University of Zurich (2018)
  • Introduction to medical statistics for PhD students at the University of Bern (2017)
  • Spatial epidemiology journal club (2015-2017)
  • Calculus and Statistics tutor for high-school students (2012-2014)
  • Softwares

    Developer and maintainer of GeoSwiss: An R package to geocode Swiss addresses


    Residential and occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation and hematological malignancies (2019-2020)
    Low dose ionising radiation and childhood cancer (2018-2021)
    Spatial variation of childhood cancer risk in Switzerland and associations with traffic-related air pollution (2016-2018)


    Konstantinoudis G, Schuhmacher D, Rue H, Spycher BD
    arXiv preprint (2018)
    Riesen M, Konstantinoudis G, Lang P, Low N, Hatz C, Maeusezahl M, Spaar A, Buehlmann M, Spycher BD, Althaus CL
    BMJ Open (2018)
    Konstantinoudis G, Kreis C, Ammann RA, Niggli F, Kuehni CE, Spycher BD
    Cancer Causes and Control (2018)
    Konstantinoudis G, Kreis C, Ammann RA, Niggli F, Kuehni CE, Spycher BD
    International Journal of Cancer (2017)

    Selected Conference Contributions/Talks

    International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (2018)