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Research Team

Current students

Zhaoran (Eric) Hou
PhD student

  • Interests: Computational statistics, Bayesian methods
  • Project: Protein structure prediction using sequential Monte Carlo
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  • Shiyu He
    PhD student

  • Interests: Bayesian analysis, Spatial-temporal analysis
  • Projects: Analysis of sequence and structure data for the COVID-19 spike protein; Prediction of flexural properties of lumber crossarms.
  • Yunfeng Yang
    PhD student, co-supervised with Martin Lysy

  • Bayesian analysis of damage from proof-loading experiments
  • Multimodel Bayesian inference of Load Duration Effects in Lumber Reliability
  • Mengxiao (Elinor) Wang
    MMath student

    Second year Masters student in biostatistics

  • Development and application of statistical methods for public health
  • Specific areas of interest include Bayesian analysis, causal inference and longitudinal data analysis
  • Modelling the regional spread of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of physical distancing measures in Northern British Columbia using Bayesian methods
  • Wanlu Xu
    MMath student

  • Evaluating the impact of knots on lumber grading rules with Bayesian spatial models
  • Zongjun Liu
    Research assistant

    Masters student specializing in Biostatistics at Queen's University

  • Protein structure energy models with application to the coronavirus Spike protein
  • R package abcADM: Fit Accumulated Damage Models and Estimate Reliability using Approximate Bayesian Computation
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  • Rongfeng Cui
    MMath student

  • Data science applications
  • Alumni

    Saptarshi Chakraborty
    Ph.D. 2018, co-supervised with Kshitij Khare

    Markov Chain Monte Carlo applications and computational methods.

  • Bayesian analysis of coupled cellular and nuclear trajectories for cell migration
  • BAMBI: An R package for Fitting Bivariate Angular Mixture Models
  • Circular correlation coefficients for bivariate von Mises distributions on a torus
  • Current position: Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, State University of New York at Buffalo

    Shuxian Fan
    Graduate research assistant 2019-2020, co-supervised with Jim Zidek

  • Characterizing Uncertainty through Bayesian Hierarchical Models in Structural Engineering: New Approaches for Characterizing the Tensile Strength of Lumber Based on a Spatial Distribution of Knots
  • Current position: PhD student in Statistics, University of Washington

    Katherine Kempfert
    Undergraduate research assistant 2017-2019

    Projects:

  • Composer classification of Mozart and Haydn string quartets
  • Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Methods with Kernel Variations
  • Current position: PhD student in Statistics, University of California Berkeley

    Megan Hazlett
    Undergraduate research assistant 2017-2018

    Education: MS Analytics @ Northwestern University; BS Statistics @ University of Florida

  • Project: compas - An R package for Conformational Manipulations of Protein Atomic Structures
  • Exploring the relationship between seasons and music listening habits
  • Current position: Product Analyst, Data Scientist @ Verily Life Sciences (Google)