Luke Kelly

Luke Kelly

Statistical methods for intractable models

I’m a postdoc with Chris Holmes investigating interpretable probabilistic models for large-scale biomedical applications. My position is currently funded by the EPSRC-funded i-like programme; prior to this, my position was funded by the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

Before coming to Oxford, I was an undergraduate at University College Dublin and a masters student at the University of Cambridge. I completed my DPhil in Statistics in 2016 here in the department. My thesis, supervised by Geoff Nicholls, describes a novel method to infer rooted phylogenetic trees when traits may undergo lateral transfer.



  • L. J. Kelly, G. K. Nicholls, Lateral transfer in Stochastic Dollo models, Annals of Applied Statistics, vol. 11, no. 2, 1146–1168, 2017.


  • L. J. Kelly, A Stochastic Dollo model for lateral transfer, PhD thesis, University of Oxford, 2016.