Cathy Yuen Yi Lee has applied her statistical expertise to roles in public health all over the world.
Although she is now based in Zurich, Switzerland, as a data scientist at Google, Cathy Yuen Yi Lee spent a large chunk of her career as a biostatistician tackling public health challenges.
“In very simple terms it’s applying statistics to medical and health problems,” says Cathy. “It can really make a difference to public health policy.” This was the case when she analysed risk factors for a NSW State Health Plan around premature babies.
“My university training helped me discover what I wanted my career to be like,” she says. And from mathematics to critical analysis, Cathy is still applying those skills today. “I met a lot of amazing and inspiring people to help me grow. It was worth all the years of study,” she says.
Cathy’s study and career pathway
- Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced Honours), University of Wollongong
- Master of Biostatistics, University of Sydney
- PhD (Mathematics), University of Technology, Sydney
- Healthcare Analyst, New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation
- Public Health Research Fellow, Harvard University, US
- Data Scientist, Google, Zurich, Switzerland
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2021.
Author: Gemma Conroy
Gemma is a freelance journalist with a passion for making science accessible to everyone. Gemma has a degree in biology from Macquarie University and loves sharing amazing discoveries with the world.