Maria Bota is a biostatistician at iPRI. She obtained an engineering diploma (Master in Science and Technology) in Bioinformatics and Modelling in 2009, from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France. In 2010 she joined the iPRI team as a Research Officer, specialising in epidemiology and biostatistics applied to a series of public health projects. She took a particular interest in diabetes related projects: post-authorization safety studies for monitoring the long-term safety of several diabetes drugs and meta-analyses which have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented during international conferences. In addition, she has coordinated the preparation of a White Paper on the epidemiology of diabetes, which is a comprehensive collection of diabetes related research based on systematic reviews and meta-analyses. She is currently doing a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics, focusing on Statistical Issues in the analysis of database studies.