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Leslie Foldager

ph.d., cand.scient., Seniorforsker

Profile photoLeslie Foldager
Institut for Husdyrvidenskab - Adfærd og Stressbiologi
Blichers Allé 20
K27, 2316
8830 Tjele
E-mail: leslie@anis.au.dk
Telefon +4587157896
Web: https://pure.au.dk/portal/da/persons/leslie-foldager(a815b9b5-4778-40b7-9686-3020f664195f).html

Center for Bioinformatik (BiRC)
C.F.Møllers Allé 8
8000 Aarhus C
Telefon: 8715 5565
Web: http://birc.au.dk

FoldStat v/Leslie Foldager
Thorsølundvej 25
8881 Thorsø
Telefon: 6168 5014
Email: Leslie@foldstat.dk
Web: www.foldstat.dk

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2639-826X

Personal information

Born 30 Sep 1971 in Ballerup, Denmark.


Feb 1998: MSc (cand.scient.) degree in statistics and a minor in mathematics from Department of Theoretical Statistics, University of Aarhus.
Jun 2014: PhD in medicine (psychiatric genetics), Faculty of Health, Aarhus University.


2019: Statistical Consultant (temporary employment), Psychiatric Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Department of Clinical Medicine, Risskov, Denmark.
2015-: Senior Researcher, Research Unit for Behaviour and Stress Biology, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Foulum.
2015: Special Consultant (biostatistician), Biostatistical Advisory Service (BIAS), Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus.
2013-2014: Statistician, Translational Neuropsychiatry Unit, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health, Aarhus University, Risskov.
2012-2016: Affiliated to iSEQ, Centre for Integrative Sequencing, Aarhus University.
2012-2015: Affiliated to iPSYCH, The Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrated Psychiatric Research, Denmark.
2012: Visiting as PhD Student, National Centre for Register-based Research, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University.
2008-: Affiliated as PhD Student and researcher, Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC), Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Aarhus.
2006-: Manager and Statistical Consultant, FoldStat, Thorsø.
2005: Statistical Consultant, Department of Quality, County of Aarhus.
2004-2012: Statistical Consultant, Unit for Psychiatric Research, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Aarhus University Hospital, Aalborg.
2002-2013: Statistician, Centre for Psychiatric Research, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov, Central Denmark Region.
2000-2002: Research Assistant, Biometry Research Unit, Department of Agricultural Systems, Research Centre Foulum.
1999-2000: Academic Employee, Department of Clinical Physiology, Aalborg Hospital.
1999: Academic Employee (temporary employment), Bil-Info A/S, Thisted.
1998-1999: Statistical Consultant, ConStat, The North Sea Centre, Hirtshals.


My current research interests include the use of machine learning methods (e.g. random forests) for prediction of animal health and welfare from automatically collected information on activity, behaviour and environment. Also included are methods used within the field of precision livestock farming (PFL). I am interested more generally in bioinformatics, mathematical and computational biology, statistical genetics and in non-linear regression analysis (e.g. growth curves). My current work also involves statistical consultancy and supervision of colleagues and students as well as participation and collaboration in other projects, including analysis of data from animal experiments, questionnaires and registries. In that context, I find the analysis of longitudinal data very interesting; longitudinal data typically coming from repeated measurements in animal experiments or follow-up studies of patients. A side-line occupation involves statistical consultancy within the fields of psychiatric and somatic health research.

Author/co-author to 61 peer reviewed papers (4 as first author, 7 as last), 2 letter replies, 2 dissertations, 2 books and 8 reports. Web of Science (19 Feb 2019) and Google Scholar (19 Feb 2019): 56 and 147 articles/abstracts. No. of citations exceeds 991 and 1755. H-index: 19 and 23.

Leadership and administration

Head of scientific evaluation committee at associate and assistant professor level (2018). Head of scientific evaluation committee at post doc level (2016: 2).

Local representative for The Danish Association of Masters and PhDs, DM (2003-13), The Danish Association of Business Language Graduates, KS (2006-13), The Danish Society of Engineers, IDA (2005-7), The Danish Association of graduates in Agricultural Science, JA (2004-13). Representative in the local works committee (2003-13) and Deputy Chair (2007-8, 2012-13) at Dept. of Psychiatric Demography, Inst. for Basic Psychiatric Research (until Jun 2004); Centre for Basic Psychiatric Research (until Dec 2006); Centre for Psychiatric Research (until Mar 2013).

Member of board of Acta Neuropsychiatrica as statistical advisor (2011-). Peer reviewing for Acta Neuropsychiatrica, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Animal, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, BioMed Research International, Biosystems Engineering, BMC Research Notes, BMJ Open, Comprehensive Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Dairy Science, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Livestock Science, Molecular Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, PLoS ONE, Psychiatry Research, Psychiatry Research – Neuroimaging, Schizophrenia Research, Statistical Application in Genetics and Molecular Biology (SAGMB).


Selected Topics from Generalised Linear Models and Survival Analysis (PhD, 5 ECTS); Association Mapping (MSc, 2 weeks); Statistics for biomedical laboratory technician: a brush-up (internal course, 3 hours); Crash course on R (internal course, postgraduate); Statistical Analysis of Biological Problems using Linear and Nonlinear Models (postgraduate, 8 days); Statistical analysis of biological problems using non-linear models (postgraduate, 8 days); Teaching assistant on various statistical and probability theoretical courses (BSc/MSc).