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Dr. Norma Bargary



I graduated in 2005 from the University of Limerick with a BSc. in Mathematical Sciences and Computing (majoring in Statistics). I subsequently began a PhD at UL in 2005 with Dr. Kevin Hayes, examining the use of the linear mixed effects model in functional data analysis. I graduated in 2008 and then spent a year lecturing statistics in UL. In 2009 I began a postdoctoral position with Professor John Hinde at NUI Galway, developing models to cluster time-course microarray data. In 2011, I was appointed as lecturer in statistics at UCD and began the position in January 2012. This was a joint appointment between the School of Mathematical Sciences and Systems Biology Ireland. I began my current lecturing position at the University of Limerick in September 2013.

My main area of interest is in the statistical modelling of time-course/functional data using the mixed effects model. I have applied these methods to analyse biological data, e.g. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, mass-spectometry, microarray data and biomechanics data.

Research Interests

  • Statistical analysis of time-course/functional data.
  • Smoothing using the mixed effects model.
  • Finite mixture model clustering of time-course data.
  • Modelling -omics data, e.g. RNA-seq data, mass spectrometry data, ChiP-seq data, etc.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Statistical modelling in biomechanics.

Professional Activities


  • 2013 University of Limerick - Lecturer in Statistics
  • 2012 University College Dublin - Lecturer in Statistics
  • 2009 NUI Galway - Postdoctoral researcher
  • 2008 University of Limerick - Junior lecturer in Statistics


  • 2009 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 2005 University of Limerick - BSc (Hons)


  • 2007 - Best postgraduate student presentation at the Conference for Applied Statistics in Ireland
  • 2005 - Advanced Scholar Award
  • 2005 - Silver Medal
  • 2005 - Models for Functional Data Analysis of a Longitudinal Design
  • 2004 - Hamilton Prize
  • 2001 - University of Limerick High Achiever's Award


  • Seminar speaker, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics seminar series, NUI Galway, 27th January 2011
  • Seminar speaker, School of Mathematical Sciences seminar series, UCD, 13th February 2014
  • Seminar speaker, Department of Mathematics and Statistics seminar series, NUI Maynooth, 7th December 2012
  • Speaker at the Women in Mathematics Day, Ireland at NUI, Galway, 1st May 2014.
  • Seminar speaker, Bioinformatics seminar series, NUI Galway, 25th May 2011
  • Invited speaker at the summer meeting of the British and Irish region of the International Biometric Society, Medway Park, Gillingham, UK, 20th June 2012
  • Invited speaker at the summer meeting of the British and Irish region of the International Biometric Society, NUI Galway, 10th June 2011
  • Reviewer for Statistics in Medicine, the Journal of Classification, the International Journal of Biostatistics, Human Movement Science, Statistics and Computing, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis.

  • Lean/DFSS certification covering all topics required by Six Sigma Green Belts and the basic Lean principles
  • Volunteer for Special Olympics Ireland, 2014


  • Executive Member, Irish Statistical Association


  • Irish Statistical Association,


  • Statistical Consulting Unit, UL -
  • Clinical Research Facility, Galway -


Conference Publication


2016 World Scientific Congress of Golf VII
Campbell, MJ; Moran, A; Bargary, N; Surmon, S; Bressan, L; Kenny, IC;