Prof Jukka Corander

Professor of statistics

Professor Jukka Corander has collaborated with teams at the Sanger Institute since 2010, on both developing and applying statistical methods for bacterial population genomics.

Jukka Corander works most closely with David Aanensen, Stephen Bentley, Simon Harris, Julian Parkhill and Nicholas Thomson in the Infection Genomics Programme. The joint research efforts between Sanger Institute scientists and the group of Corander have led to software packages for population structure and recombination inference, GWAS (genome-wide associations studies) and genome-wide epistasis analysis.

Jukka is particularly interested in microbial evolution and transmission modeling, statistical machine learning, genomics and Bayesian inference algorithms. He received the ERC Starting grant 2009-2014 and is currently leading an ERC Advanced grant project SCARABEE (2017-2022) for evolutionary epidemiology. The statistical methods introduced by Jukka’s research group have led to numerous discoveries on the evolution, resistance, virulence and transmission of pathogenic bacteria and viruses.

Since 2016 Jukka has been a Professor of biostatistics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway and, since 2009, a Professor of statistics at University of Helsinki, Finland. He is also the vice-director of the COIN Centre of Excellence in computational inference research, funded by the national research council of Finland.