Photo: Sylvain Crouzet

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I am affiliated with the Probability Group and the Applied Mathematics Group. I am also an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Statistics. I was previously at UCLA. My CV can be found here.

I work at the intersection of applied probability, statistics and theoretical computer science, with an emphasis on biological applications. More details on my research interests and publications can be found here. My work is currently supported by NSF grant DMS-1149312 (CAREER).

I am an associate editor for the Annals of Applied Probability. Submit a paper here.


[Oct 4, 2015]: I gave an invited address on the Mathematics of the Tree of Life at the AMS Central Fall Sectional Meeting at Loyola University in Chicago on October 2-4, 2015. The slides are here.

[Sep 1, 2015]: Jointly with Antonio Auffinger and Jian Ding, we are organizing a special session on Probability Theory at the AMS Central Fall Sectional Meeting at Loyola University in Chicago on October 2-4, 2015. The schedule can be found here.

Lecture notes

A graduate course in modern discrete probability

A topics course on stochastic processes in evolutionary genetics

The first semester of graduate probability theory

Recent Preprints

Phase transition in the sample complexity of likelihood-based phylogeny inference
Submitted, 2015. With A. Sly.
Species trees from gene trees despite a high rate of lateral genetic transfer: A tight bound
Submitted, 2015. With C. Daskalakis.
Conference abstract to appear in SODA 2016.
Distance-based species tree estimation under the coalescent: information-theoretic trade-off between number of loci and sequence length
Submitted, 2015. With E. Mossel.
Conference abstract in Proceedings of RANDOM 2015, 931-942.
Phase transition on the convergence rate of parameter estimation under an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck diffusion on a tree
Submitted, 2014. With Cecile Ane and Lam Si Tung Ho.

A full list of publications is available here.

Currently Teaching

[Fall 2015]: MATH 632 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes

Contact Information

Office: Van Vleck 823
Phone: 608-263-3053
Fax: 608-263-8891
Department of Mathematics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
last modified: oct 4, 2015