JSM 2014. Four of my seven former Ph.D. students, all in one place! (L to R) Helen Fan, Katie Thompson, Laura Kubatko, David Spade, and James Degnan.

Current People in the Research Group

  • Jeff Gaither, MBI Post-doc
    Jeff is working on developing hypothesis tests for phylogenies based on site pattern frequency data.

  • Colby Long, MBI Post-doc
    Colby is studying identifiability and inference for coalescent-based phylogenetic species trees that relax assumptions of the molecular clock and allow rate variation across time.

  • Joy Zeng, M.S. student in Statistics
    Thesis title: Latent Factor Models in Recommender Systems and Market Segmentation Through Clustering

Previous Group Members

  • Yuan Tian, Ph.D. in EEOB, Fall 2016; M.S. in Statistics, Spring 2016
    Dissertation Title: Topics in Phylogenetic Species Tree Inference under the Coalescent Model
    Current Position: Yuan is currently Senior Statistical Computing Engineer at Pacific Biosciences.


  • Ben Stone, Undergraduate Research Fellow, RUMBA
    Ben is working with fellow undergraduate student Niharika Padmalwar to study species relationships in the parasitic plant genus Hyobanche.
    Ben is now a graduate student in EEOB workng with Dr. Andi Wolfe.


  • Niharika Padmalwar, Undergraduate Research Fellow, RUMBA
    Niharika worked with fellow undergraduate student Ben Stone to study species relationships in the parasitic plant genus Hyobanche.


  • Rafah Asadi, Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Fellow
    Rafah worked on cancer phylogenomics.


  • Tiffany Bailey, Summer 2015 SROP Undergraduate Research Fellow
    Tiffany worked on statistical phylogenetics, particularly the relationship between invariants-based methods and maximum likelihood for single-locus data.


  • Divyagash Swargaloganathan, MBI REU student, Summer 2013
    Divy studied coalescent-based priors for Bayesian gene tree inference. He is currently a graduate student in Biotechnology at Harvard University.


  • Lingfei Cui, M.S. in Evolution & Ecology; M.S. in Mathematics; Summer 2014
    Thesis Title: A Likelihood Method to Estimate/Detect Gene Flow and A Distance Method to Estimate Species Trees in the Presence of Gene Flow
    Current Position: Ph.D. student in Biostatistics at UC Davis.


  • Helen Fan, Ph.D. in Statistics, Fall 2013
    Dissertation Title: Species Tree Likelihood Computation Given SNP Data Using Ancestral Configurations

    M.S. in EEOB, Summer 2010
    Thesis title: Estimating Species Trees Using Approximate Bayesian Computation

    Current Position: Associate at Morgan Stanley.


  • Katie Thompson Ph.D. in Statistics
    Dissertation Title: Using Ancestral Information to Search for Quantitative Trait Loci in Genome-wide Association Studies
    Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Kentucky.


  • David Spade, Ph.D. in Statistics (co-advised with Prof. Radu Herbei, Statistics)
    Dissertation Title: Investigating Convergence of Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods for Bayesian Phylogenetic Inference
    Current Position: Assistant Professor in Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.


  • Erin Harvey, Undergraduate (Biology major)


  • Shannon Kilkenny, Undergraduate (Biology major)


  • Yingle Zhang, Undergraduate (Mathematics major)
    Currently a graduate student in Statistics at OSU.


  • Paul Blischak, Undergraduate (Mathematics major)
    Paul is currently a Ph.D. student in EEOB.


  • Theresa Bolaney, Undergraduate (Biology major)
    Theresa is currently working.


  • Rasmus Hovmoller, Post-doctoral associate
    Rasmus studied the performance of different methods for inferring species-level phylogenies from multi-locus data.


  • Travis Treseder, M.A.S. student in Statistics
    Travis is developing software to implement methods for inferring hybridization in the presence of coalescence.


  • Tim NeCamp, Undergraduate (Math major)
    Tim was an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the RUMBA program. His project, joint with Susan Fassnacht and Prof. Andi Wolfe (EEOB at OSU), involved population genetics of the desert plant Penstemon albomarginatus.


  • Susan Fassnacht, Undergraduate (Environmental Science major)
    Susan was an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the RUMBA program. Her project, joint with Tim NeCamp and Prof. Andi Wolfe (EEOB at OSU), involved population genetics of the desert plant Penstemon albomarginatus.


  • Lori Hoffman, Ph.D. in Statistics, Summer 2010
    Dissertation Title: Disease Gene Mapping Under the Coalescent Model
    Current Position: Statistician at StatKing Consulting


  • David Gerard, Undergraduate student (graduated with B.A. in Mathematics and Molecular Genetics, Spring 2010)
    Project Title: A New Phylogenetic Method to Detect Levels of Hybridization Between Species
    M.S. in Statistics (OSU, Spring 2012)
    Current Position: David is currently a post-doc at the University of Chicago after finishing a Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Washington


  • Chen Meng, Ph.D. in Statistics (at the University of New Mexico), Fall 2008
    Dissertation Title: Statistical Models for Detecting Hybridization in a Phylogenetic Framework
    Current Position: Statistician at Monsanto


  • Jennifer Bryant, M.S. in Statistics (at the University of New Mexico), Summer 2005
    Thesis title: Analysis of Protein Interaction Data for DNA Damage Sensitivity Genes
    in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Current position: Biostatistician at the University of New Mexico medical school.


  • James Degnan, Ph.D. in Statistics (at the University of New Mexico), Spring 2005
    Dissertation title: Gene Tree Distributions Under the Coalescent Process
    Current position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico.


  • Lin Pan, M.S. in Statistics (at the University of New Mexico), Fall 2003
    Thesis title: Detecting QTL for Pulmonary Immune Response of Mice
    Current position: Biostatistician, Biostatistics Research and Informatics, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University


  • Guy Brock, Ph.D. in Statistics (at the University of New Mexico), Summer 2003
    Dissertation title: Models for Detecting Gene Regulatory Networks from Microarray Data
    Current position: After serving as tenured Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at the University of Louisville until 2015, Guy is currently Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at OSU, and is Deputy Director of the Center for Biostatistics.


  • Anna Karin Kristina Strandberg, M.S. in Statistics (at the University of New Mexico), Spring 2003
    Thesis title: Estimating the Transition Bias From DNA Sequences
    Current position: Statistician at Statistics Sweden