Katariina Perkonoja profile picture
Project Researcher, Health Technology
Doctoral Researcher, Statistics
Synthetic Health and Reseach Data (SHARED)


Areas of expertise

Data Privacy
Data Anonymization
Synthetic Data
Longitudinal Data


I started studying statistics at the University of Turku in 2016 and graduated in 2020. While working as a biostatistician at Auria Clinical Informatics, a department of Turku University Hospital, I got interested in data privacy, data anonymization and the potential of synthetic data. In my master's thesis "Generating Synthetic Longitudinal Patient Data with the PrivBayes Method" I generated synthetic longitudinal patient data with Bayesian networks from real patient data retrieved from the database of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland. I decided to continue with the topic and I am currently working on my dissertation "Methods for generating and evaluating synthetic longitudinal patient data".


I am not currently teaching, but while working as a research assistant at the university in 2019, I had the opportunity to organize training sessions for students. I like teaching and I also got good feedback. My dream for the future is that I could possibly lecture and teach about data privacy, its importance, related problems and applicable methods to achieve privacy.


My current research focuses on synthetic data generation, especially longitudinal data. In the future, I am interested in expanding my expertise to other privacy methods as well.


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