Current Students

Biomathematics Ph.D. Program

Directory

Students

Benjamin Chu
Entered program in 2016
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I study optimization and statistical methods for human genetics. Some relevant areas include high dimensional statistics, GLMs, MM algorithms, and parallel computing.
Christine Craib
Entered program in 2019
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I am specifically interested in the application of mathematics to human and medical problems. My background is in mathematics, with research on gonorrhea and population dynamics.
Mauricio Cruz Loya
Entered program in 2015
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I study the way that multiple antibiotics interact with each other and with different stressors such as temperature from a theoretical and computational perspective under the supervision of Van Savage. I particularly enjoy collaborating with experimental biologists: some current projects include modeling of resistant cancer cells under different combinations of drugs, and modeling quiescent bacterial cells. My interests span microbial ecology, systems biology, cell biology, mathematical modeling, network theory, and applied statistics.
Paheli Desai-Chowdhry
Entered program in 2018
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I am interested in mathematical modeling in neuroscience. I am working with Professor Van Savage on developing a framework to analyze neuron morphology and scaling in single neurons and neuronal networks. I am testing theoretical predictions with 3D image data from neurons in a wide range of brain regions and species including humans, rodents, reptiles, chimpanzees, tigers, elephants, and whales.
Alexander Fisher
Entered program in 2016
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I work in Prof. Marc Suchard's group and I develop stochastic and statistical models for phylogeny reconstruction and implement them in the open-source Bayesian Evolutionary Analysis Sampling Trees (BEAST) software package. Broadly, I enjoy using mathematics to learn about genetics, epidemiology, and evolution.
Mariana Harris
Entered program in 2019
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Gabriel Hassler
Entered program in 2017
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I work with Dr. Marc Suchard on models of phenotypic (trait) evolution. I develop new statistical methods for these models and implement them in the phylogenetic inference software BEAST. I use these methods to study patterns of evolution in primate brains, prokaryotes, HIV, and more.
Alfonso Landeros
Entered program in 2016
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Tianyun (Jason) Lin
Entered program in 2019
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I am working with Professor Van Savage on various projects that embark on exploring the dynamics, topological characteristics, and evolution of food webs using mechanistic models. I am also interested in Network Science, Theoretical Ecology, and Evolutionary Game Theory.
Christian Mason
Entered program in 2014
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I work on theoretical models of risk assessment for pathogen emergence in the Lloyd-Smith Lab. I use stochastic modeling frameworks and simulation based inference. More info at ctmason.bol.ucla.edu
Rachel Mester
Entered program in 2019
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Jianxiao Yang
Entered program in 2018
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Xinzhe Zuo
Entered program in 2019
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