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Aaron Wagner

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Entered PhD Program: 2018

Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Undergraduate Education: Viterbo University, Majors: Mathematics and Physics

Current Research Focus: Hierarchies of Variability in Single Cell Data


Akhil Bandreddi

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Entered PhD program: 2023

Undergraduate Education: American University, Majors: Applied Mathematics and International Studies




Christian Hammond

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Entered PhD program: 2021

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Undergraduate Education: University of Edinburgh, Major: Mathematics and Statistics



Cuong Pham

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Entered PhD program: 2019

Hometown: Hai Phong, Vietnam

Undergraduate Education: Roosevelt University, Major: Actuarial Science, Minor: Business

Graduate Education: Loyola University Chicago, Master of Science: Applied Statistics

Current Research Focus: Sensitivity Analysis for Constructing Optimal Treatment Regimes in the Presence of Noncompliance and Two Active Treatment Options | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ashkan Ertefaie

David Skrill

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Entered PhD program: 2019

Undergraduate Education: Oberlin College and Conservatory, Majors: Economics (Mathematical Economics Concentration) & Cello Performance, Minor: Philosophy

Graduate Education: University of Rochester, Master of Music: Cello Performance and Literature

Current Research Focus: New Methods for Leveraging Encoding Models to Understand the Computations and Organization of Language Processing in the Human Brain | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Samuel Norman-Haignere

Dino de Raad

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Entered PhD program: 2021

Hometown: Sammamish, Washington

Undergraduate Education: University of Washington, Major: Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences: Scientific Computation and Numerical Algorithms


Eli Sun

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Entered PhD program: 2023

Undergraduate Education: University of Rochester, Major: Statistics




Hannah Swan

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Entered PhD program: 2020

Hometown: Aurora, Ohio

Undergraduate Education: Hamilton College, Major: Mathematics, Minor: Chemistry

Current Research Focus: Differential Expression Analysis of miRNA Data through Bayesian Hierarchical Multinomial Logistic Normal Models | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Matthew McCall


Haotian (Alex) Guo

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Entered PhD program: 2022

Hometown: Shandong, China

Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Majors: Mathematics & Statistics and Analytics



Jonathan Klus

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Entered PhD program: 2020

Hometown: Long Beach, New York

Undergraduate Education: Cornell University, Major: Applied Economics & Management

Graduate Education: Duke University, Master of Science: Statistical Science

Current Research Focus: Bayesian Infinite Mixture Models for Latent Exposures

Josh Marvald

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Entered PhD program: 2021

Undergraduate Education: St. Lawrence University, Majors: Mathematics and Statistics, Minor: Economics




Luke McHan

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Entered PhD program: 2020

Hometown: Haughton, Louisiana

Undergraduate Education: University of Louisiana at Monroe, Major: Mathematics

Current Research Focus: Network Meta-Analysis of Individual Patient Data

Meherab Hossain

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Entered PhD program: 2022

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Undergraduate Education: Clark University, Major: Mathematics, Minors: Physics & Data Science

Nathan Provost

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Entered PhD program: 2023

Hometown: Greenfield, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Education: Brown University, Majors: Statistics and Applied Mathematics

Current Research Focus: Multivariate Survival Analysis, Statistical Chaos Theory, Nonparametric and Semiparametric Inference, Asymptotic Theory, and Stochastic Calculus

Qiuyi Wu

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Entered PhD program: 2019

Hometown: Suzhou, China

Undergraduate Education: Donghua University, Majors: Finance & Economics

Graduate Education: Rochester Institute of Technology, Master of Science: Applied Statistics

Current Research Focus: Image Processing with Optimally Designed Parabolic Partial Differential Equations | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Xing Qiu

Ricardo Lopez Candelaria

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Entered PhD program: 2021

Hometown: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate Education: University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla, Major: Environmental Technology

Graduate Education: University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, Master of Science: Mathematical Statistics

Current Research Focus: Functional Data Analysis and Parameter Estimation Methods for Systems of Linear Ordinary Differential Equations | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Xing Qiu

Robert Beblavy

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Entered PhD program: 2020

Undergraduate Education: Binghamton University, Majors: Mathematical Sciences & Mathematical Physics

Current Research Focus: Differential Abundance Analysis Conditional on Functional Differences and Network Analysis for Microbiome Data | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Michael Sohn


Samantha Manning

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Entered PhD program: 2020

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Undergraduate Education: University of Southern California, Major: Mathematics

Graduate Education: University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Science: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Current Research Focus: Model-Based Clustering for High-Dimensional, Dependent Data with a Non-Linear Outcome | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Tongtong Wu

Sami Leon

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Entered PhD program: 2019

Hometown: Montpellier, France

Undergraduate Education: University of Montpellier, Majors: Mathematics & Physics

Graduate Education: University of Paris-Saclay, Master of Applied Mathematics

Current Research Focus: High-Dimensional Semiparametric Mixed-Effects Model | Thesis Advisor: Dr. Tong Tong Wu

TJ Weaver

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Entered PhD program: 2023

Hometown: Spencerport, New York

Undergraduate Education: Rochester Institute of Technology, Majors: Applied Statistics with Actuarial Science and Economics, Minor: American Politics



Willi Artman

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Entered PhD program: 2016

Undergraduate Education: University of Rochester, Major: Mathematics, Minor: Japanese

Current Research Focus: Design and Analysis of Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials and the Construction of Dynamic Treatment Regimes | Thesis Advisors: Drs. Ashkan Ertefaie and Brent Johnson


Xinyue (Shirley) Mao

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Entered PhD program: 2022

Hometown: Fujian, China

Undergraduate Education: Syracuse University, Major: Mathematics



Xinzhu (Claire) Wang

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Entered PhD program: 2022

Hometown: Anshan, China

Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin - Madison, Major: Molecular Biology

Graduate Education: Emory University, Master of Science in Public Health: Biostatistics


Zhining Sui

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Entered PhD program: 2023

Undergraduate Education: McGill University, Majors: Mathematics and Biology, Minor: Computer Science

Graduate Education: University of Washington, Master of Science: Biostatistics


Statistics MA & Biostatistics MS Students

  • Honghong Liu (South China Normal University: Financial Mathematics)
  • Josh Geiger (University of Rochester: Biochemistry & Chemistry; MD Program)
  • Konnor Herbst (Williams College: Mathematics)
  • Yuntian Meng (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics: Data Science & Big Data Technology)
  • Zhili He (Chongqing Normal University: Statistics)