Sylvia Richardson is a French Bayesian statistician. She has been chair in Biostatistics at Imperial College London since 2000. Previously, she held lectureships at Warwick University and the University of Paris V. From April 2012 she will be the Director of the MRC biostatistics unit and will hold an MRC funded research Professorship in the University of Cambridge.
She has made significant contributions to Bayesian statistical methodology and the application of Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Her expertise is in spatial statistics with applications to geographic epidemiology and in biostatistics with applications in biochemical modeling, in particular modeling of gene expression data.
She is co-editor of the volume Markov Chain Monte Carlo in Practice with Wally Gilks and David Spiegelhalter.
She was awarded the Guy Medal of The Royal Statistical Society in Silver in 2009.