Dr. Chris Brien’s main research interest is the design and analysis of experiments, particularly the class of experiments that have been termed multitiered. His interests include the formulation of mixed models for the analysis of designed experiments, including the analysis of longitudinal experiments. After graduating from the University of Sydney with an agricultural science degree majoring in Biometry, he started his professional life as a consulting Biometrician with what was then the CSIRO Division of Horticultural Research, designing and analyzing viticultural, sensory and other laboratory experiments.
After completing his PhD in Biometry through the University of Adelaide, he joined the Institute of Technology, one of the institutions that in 1991 became the University of South Australia as Senior Lecturer in Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. His lecturing in statistics stretched to areas such as business, engineering, environmental sciences, library studies, physiotherapy and computer science.
Dr. Brien is currently continuing his research and consulting as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre at the University of South Australia and as Senior Biometrician at the Plant Accelerator in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide. In addition to continuing his work on multitiered experiments, he is currently working on the design and analysis of agricultural and other biological experiments; these include high-throughput phenotyping experiments and sugarcane breeding experiments.