Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, MSc, PhD



Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala is currently Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada. Dr Kandala obtained his PhD in Economics/Statistics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) in Germany in 2001 followed by a Mellon foundation fellowship at the department of Demography, University of Montreal, Canada in 2002.
He was, until recently a Professor of Biostatistics & Head of Applied Statistics Research group at Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) (2015-2020).
Prior to his appointment at Western University in Canada, Dr Kandala worked as a Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he still holds this position and he is a Visiting Professor of Health Technology Assessment at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK.
Dr Kandala also worked as Head of Health Economics and Evidence Synthesis Research Unit at the Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg and was a Senior/Principal Research Fellow in Health Technology Assessment, a joint appointment with the University of Oxford and University of Warwick (2006-2015). He also worked as Professor of statistics at the University of Adger, Norway (2016-2017). Dr Kandala started his career in academia in 2003 as a researcher at the Statistical Institute, University of Southampton, UK and worked in several other academic positions in various academic institutions including King’s College London (Department of HIV/GU Medicine), UK, the University of Botswana and the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Over 20 years, his main research interests are in capacity building in Biostatistics in Africa, and Bayesian statistical methods and their application to epidemiology and global health including maternal and child health both in the developing countries and command economies, using large scale household data. Dr Kandala has published widely in peer review journals in both the field of Statistics and health in diverse populations. His three recent books are titled (1) ‘Advance Techniques in modelling Maternal and child health in Africa’, (2) ‘Female Mutilation around the World: Analysis of Medical Aspects, Law and Practice (2018) with Springer Nature and (3) Statistical Modelling of Complex correlated and clustered data using Household surveys in Africa (2019) with Nova Science Publishers.

Research Cluster Membership

Research Interests

As a biostatistician, my main research interests are broadly in the following areas:

  • Bayesian statistical methods and their application to epidemiology and global health
  • Spatial statistics/Tropical Diseases mapping
  • Cluster randomization trials
  • Prospective epidemiological studies
  • Evidence Synthesis
  • Capacity building in Biostatistics in Africa


  • BSc Methematics, National University of Kinshasa, Democratic Rep. of Congo
  • MSc Statistics, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • PhD Economics/Statistics, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany