Leonhard Held

Leonhard Held, Prof. Dr.

Full Professor / Department Chair

Phone: +41 44 63 44640

leonhard.held AT uzh.ch

Short Biography

Leonhard Held is Full Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Zurich (UZH). He is currently Head of the Biostatistics Department at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, Program Director of the Master Program in Biostatistics and Director of the Center for Reproducible Science at UZH. 

Prof. Held obtained his Ph.D. in 1997 at the Department of Statistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) under the supervision of Ludwig Fahrmeir. During his Ph.D. studies he spent a year at the Department of Statistics of the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at Imperial College London (2000-2001) and Lancaster University (2001-2002), UK. He then spent four years (2003-2006) at LMU Munich as Associate Professor of Biostatistics. Since September 2006 he is faculty member of the  Medical Faculty and the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich.

Prof. Held was Associate Editor for Biostatistics (2001-2007), Applied Statistics (JRSSC) (2002-2005) and Statistical Modelling(2007-2008). He has served as Associate Editor and Editor of Biometrical Journal from 2008 to 2017. He is currently Editor of the Annals of Applied Statistics for Epidemiology and Clinical Science. 

His current methodological research interests are in statistical aspects of reproducibility and replicability, infectious disease data analysis and Bayesian inference. Most of his research is motivated by epidemiological and clinical applications. He is particularly well-known for his contributions to Spatial Epidemiology and Bayesian Biostatistics.

For publications and further details see his Google Scholar profile

Cirriculum Vitae




Applied Statistical Inference


Medizinische Statistik


Methoden der Statistischen Inferenz


Statistical Methods for Spatio-Temporal Systems


Gaussian Markov Random Fields