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Q and A with Benjamin Atta Owusu

Posted by ma403

30 January 2024

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your research and/or career to this point?

Benjamin Atta is a Health data scientist with a background in Mathematics, and Statistics. Prior to joining the University of Exeter in 2023, Benjamin worked as a research fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, where his research mainly focused on longitudinal assessment of environmental exposure and environmental epidemiology.

Benjamin has a PhD in Health Research Methodology, with high-level expertise in data management and analysis, applied statistics and biomedical research. Currently, Benjamin works as a Research Fellow in Statistics and Data Science at the University of Exeter Medical School Primary Care Department.


PhD in Health Research Methodology, 2023- Prince of Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand.

MSc in Applied Mathematics, 2018- Prince of Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand

BSc in Mathematics, 2013-Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Research Interests:

•          Joint modelling and dynamic prediction.

•          Correlated survival data analysis.

•          Longitudinal data analysis.

•          Statistical Learning (Discriminant Analysis, Classification, Clustering).

•          Joint modelling of longitudinal and survival analysis.


Owusu, BA., Lim A., Pongsiri, N., Intawong, C., Rheanpumikankit, S., Suksri, S., & Ingviya, T. (2023). Latent trajectories of haematological, hepatic, and renal profiles after oil spill exposure: a longitudinal analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(4),2871

Buya, S., Chuangchang, P., & Owusu, BA. (2022). Analysis of land surface temperature with land use and land cover and elevation from NASA MODIS satellite data: a case study of Bali, Indonesia. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 194(8), 1-10.

Owusu, BA., Lim A., Intawong, C., Rheanpumikankit, S., Suksri, S., & Ingviya, T. (2022). Haematological, renal, and hepatic function changes among Rayong oil spill clean-up workers: a longitudinal study. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 95(7), 1481-1489.

Owusu, BA., Lim, A., Makaje, N., Wobil, P., & Same-Ae, A. (2018). Neonatal mortality at the neonatal unit: the situation at a teaching hospital in Ghana. African Health Sciences, 18(2), 369-377.

Owusu, BA., Lim, A., Makaje, N., Sama, A., Owusu, B. E., & Arbu, N. (2018). Age-specific fertility rate projections in West Africa. Journal of Population and Social Studies [JPSS], 26(2), 119-127.

What are you aiming to do through your fellowship/new post, or what is your current research focus?

Benjamin’s current research is in the field of cardio-metabolic diseases and cardio-oncology. The primary focus is to understand the interaction between heart failure and frailty and how the interactions affect quality of life.

Tell us something about yourself that may be less well-known.

In my free time, I love to read novels, particularly books on geopolitics. I also love country music and Afro-pop. You might also find me hiking and taking long walks.


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