Dr Lei Clifton, PhD

Lei is part of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) statistical team for NHS trials, where she leads statistical work on clinical trials and research on trial methodology. She is a senior adviser on the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) team, which provides free advice on research design to researchers in the South Central region. Lei collaborates extensively with principle investigators in trial design and grant applications and provides statistical supervision in fellowship applications.

Lei’s focus on developing the next generation of medical researchers has led her to join the Oxford University Science Division’s mentorship program for early career researchers. She also teach statistics at the postgraduate level and review grant proposals for the NIHR.

As Lei has an ongoing research interest in trial methodology, she is a Scientific Research Committee (SRC) member of the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS), responsible for reviewing proposals and allocating research grants.

From 2009-2014, Lei worked in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, in the University of Oxford, where she undertook research into statistical time-series models for providing early warning of deterioration in post-surgery patients. From 2007-2009, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, where she developed mathematical models and prototype apparatus for measuring the lung function of ICU patients.

Lei was awarded a PhD in Statistical Signal Processing in 2007 from UMIST (now the University of Manchester), after completing my BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Beijing Institute of Technology, China. She joined CSM in 2014.