Heiletjé van Zyl

PhD student

Contact info

  • Address

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
    Department of Complex Trait Genetics
    W&N building, Room B-602
    De Boelelaan 1085
    1081 HV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

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Short CV

2024 – present PhD candidate Amsterdam UMC / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2022 – 2024 M.Sc. in Biostatistics (Cum Laude for coursework; TBC for minor dissertation)
Assistant Lecturer in Statistical Sciences
Research Assistant as Quantitative Lead for Parenting for Lifelong Health SUPER Study
Application Development (R Shiny) Consultant for Modelling and Simulation Hub, Africa (MASHA)
University of Cape Town
2021 – 2021 BSc (Honours) in Statistical Sciences (Cum Laude) University of Cape Town
2017 – 2020 BSocSci in Applied Statistics, English Language and Literature, and Psychology (Cum Laude) University of Cape Town


Currently interested in the intersection between neuroscience and statistics, the specifics thereof are still to be determined.

Highlighted publications

Patterson, J.; Cleary, S.; Norman, J.M.; van Zyl, H.; Awine, T.; Mayet, S.; Kagina, B.; Muloiwa, R.; Hussey, G.; Silal, S.P. Modelling the Cost-Effectiveness of Hepatitis A in South Africa. Vaccines 2024, 12, 116. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines12020116

Social Media

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heiletjé-van-zyl/
GitHub: https://github.com/Heiletje


• Mathematical Modelling for Infectious Diseases Class Medal* (2023)
• Longitudinal Data Analysis Class Medal* (2022)
• Multivariate Statistics Class Medal* (2022)
• Statistical Sciences Honours Class Medal* (2021)
• Harry Crossley Research Fellowship recipient (2021)
• National Research Funding (NRF) Honours Scholarship (2021)
• Clinical Neuropsychology Class Medal* (2019)
• Dean’s Merit List (2018)
• Golden Key International Honour Society Invitation (2017 – 2019)

*Class Medals at the University of Cape Town are awarded on the basis of attaining the highest overall mark in a cohort for a certain course