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Latest updates: I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation in January, and starting in September I will be a Stein fellow in the Statistics Department at Stanford.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke and an alum of Amherst College. My CV is available for download here. See my publications page for a list of publications with links. My research program has two main components:

  1. Scalable statistical methods for high dimensional data with theoretical guarantees of robust uncertainty quantification; and
  2. Application of probability and stochastic process theory to develop novel statistical methods – especially Bayesian and likelihood-based methods – motivated by important problems in the sciences.

A few specific threads include

  1. Tensor decompositions and sparse log-linear models for big contingency tables, AoS preprint
  2. “Approximate” Markov chains in high-dimensional Bayesian inference, arXiv preprint
  3. Scaling behavior of MCMC in large samples/high dimensional settings.
  4. Approximations to the posterior in generalized linear models, arXiv preprint.
  5. Waiting times and the extremes of stochastic processes, arXiv preprint.
  6. Population estimation in the presence of capture heterogeneity.
  7. Rank identifiability of mixture models for multivariate categorical data.

I am a statistical consultant for HRDAG and have been a data science advisor/consultant for DataPad, eBay, and Treasure Data. I have also collaborated with MaxPoint Interactive, a leading quantitative advertising firm. I am also an active data blogger.

Prior to graduate school, I worked in research laboratories at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I studied a variety of problems in cell biology and signal transduction using Drosophila Melanogaster as a model organism. From 2005 to 2006, I was a member of the Cox lab at UCSF, where I studied Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis. From 2006 through 2010, I was a consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, where I was responsible for constructing econometric/statistical models, risk analytics, and served as a project manager on many engagements.

I spent most of 2011 living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and traveling in South America and Europe.

In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, traveling, and spending time with my wife and two poodles, not necessarily in that order.