Dr Sophie Whyte MMath (Warwick), PhD (Birmingham)

Senior Research Fellow


University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 1025

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0859
Fax: (+44) (0)114 2220749

E-mail: sophie.whyte@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0002-7963-2523


I joined the HEDS section of ScHARR as a mathematical modeller in September 2007. Previous to this, I obtained a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and a PhD in Pure Mathematics (Group Theory) from Birmingham University.

Research interests

My broad research is focused on mathematical modelling within health economics. I have gained significant expertise and experience in two related areas:

  • Bayesian calibration of cancer natural history models: This is my main methodological research theme, please see MDM publication http://mdm.sagepub.com/content/31/4/625 and Example Excel model using the Metropolis Hastings algorithm to calibrate a state transition model available to down load from the Downloads box)
  • Early diagnosis of bowel cancer: I have substantial experience in early diagnosis of cancer generally having worked on more than 15 projects in this area of applied research. My main expertise lies in the modelling bowel cancer screening to inform national bowel cancer screening policy.

In addition to these main research themes I have undertaken research to inform policy making: Health Technology Assessment (HTA) for NICE (https://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sections/heds/collaborations/tag) , and research as part of the Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU) for DH (http://www.eepru.org.uk/)

Teaching interests

I am module lead for the Dissertation on the MSc in Health Economics and Decision Modelling.

PhD Supervision

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD which may fit with my research areas described above please contact me regarding PhD supervision.

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles


  • Whyte S, Chilcott J, Essat M, Stevens J, Wong R & Kalita N (2011) Reappraisal of the options for colorectal cancer screening View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download