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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84654

Dr Matthieu Vignes PhD

Senior Lecturer in Statistical Genetics

School of Fundamental Sciences

Matthieu studied Applied Maths/Stats at the ENS Lyon (France) before doing his PhD in Grenoble (2007, INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France). He then joined BioSS in Dundee and Aberdeen (Scotland) from 2006 to 2009 as a Statistician. He then became a Research Fellow in the Maths and Comput. Sc. dpt of the INRA in Toulouse (France) in 2009 (present: detached position).

Matthieu is now a Senior Lecturer in Statistical Genetics at Massey University (New Zealand).

Matthieu's work focuses on deciphering relationships between entities in a complex (e.g. biological) system; please have a look at his research interests.


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 84654
    Location: B3.06, Science Tower B
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Joseph Fourier University (2007)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research is motivated by the understanding of the structure(s) which govern(s) the behaviour of complex systems. Mostly, I have been working with high-throughput data generated by biological organims, regarded layers of components of different natures which interact with each other possibly fulfilling different goals.

To this end, I am interested in probabilistic graphical modelling as a convenient way of representing the system under study and how its constituting elements interact. I am often faced with high-dimensional data posing both statistical and computational challenges. Missingness in the data sets at hand can also be a hindrance. Data sets are heterogeneous (e.g. mixing discrete and continuous data), sampling is certainly not independent and identically distributed and off-equilibrium and measurements noisy.

Recently, I am moving towards a causal interpretation of learnt relationships, hopefully revealing realistic mechanisms which explain the inner functioning of the system.


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Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Mathematics (010200):
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (080100):
Biological Mathematics (010202): Biostatistics (010402):
Information And Computing Sciences (080000):
Mathematical Sciences (010000):
Neural, Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation (080108):
Numerical and Computational Mathematics (010300): Optimisation (010303):
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining (080109):
Statistical Theory (010405): Statistics (010400)


  • Probabilistic graphical models (Bayesian networks, GGM...)
  • High-dimensional (biological) data
  • Gene network inference
  • Causality
  • Data integration
  • Computational statistics

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2
Team Member 1 0

Research Outputs





Consultancy and Languages


  • English
    Last used: today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • French
    Last used: today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • German
    Last used: few years ago
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Papers taught: (at Massey)

  • 161.331 Biostatistics (with Geoff Jones)
  • 161.705 Statistical Inference (with Mark Bebbington)
  • 161.729 Topics in Applied Statistics (with Chris Jewell)

Old teaching:

  • Statistics and learning at SupAero (with Emmanuel Rachelson) and Probability (with Jeremie Bigot) at ISAE SupAero, Toulouse, France, 2012-2014.
  • Statistics: basics to advanced subjects to undergraduates in Biology or Economics (2002-2006), to PhD students and scientists from research institutes (2007-2008).
  • General mathematics: Algebra and Analysis to undergraduates in Mathematics and Physics (2003-2005).
  • General science courses to high-school pupils (2005-2006).

Student supervision:

  • Co-supervision of Magali Champion PhD (2011-2014, Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3), "Contribution to the modelling and inference of gene regulatory networks"

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Olivia Angelin-Bonnet - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigation of genotype and phenotype interactions using computational statistics

Co-supervisor of:

  • Luca Panizzi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biomarker profiling of biologic fluids and tissues from horses with induced carpal osteoarthritis

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