I joined IIT faculty in 2013 where I am currently an Associate Professor in the Applied Mathematics Department, College of Computing. I am a member of the statistics, discrete math, and computational math research groups.

I co-organize the international Algebraic Statistics Online Seminar, the department's Nonlinear algebra and statistics (NLASTATS) seminar, lead the NLASTATS research group, and am a Managing Editor of Algebraic Statistics. In 2015 I became an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), received the College of Science Deanâ€™s Junior Research Excellence Award, and in 2018 the College of Science Excellence in Teaching Award. My research has been supported by the NSF, AFOSR, and DARPA.

## Brief bio

## Academic appointments

- (2017-) Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT
- (2013-2017) Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT
- (2011-2013) Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at Penn State.
- (2008-2011) Research Assistant Professor (post-doc) at UIC.
- 2008 PhD, Mathematics, University of Kentucky, under the direction of Uwe Nagel.

## Visiting positions

- Fall 2016: long-term participant, Theoretical Foundations of Statistical Network Analysis Program at the Newton Institute (INI) in Cambridge, UK.
- Spring 2011: Algebraic Geometry with a view towards applications at the Mittag-Leffler Institute.
- 2008/09: Research Fellow at SAMSI, Program on Algebraic Methods in Systems Biology and Statistics.

## Research interests

- Mathematical statistics and algebraic statistics
- Random graph (network) models
- Computational algebraic statistics
- Randomization in computational algebra
- Combinatorial and algebraic methods in statistics and data science
- Algebraic methods phylogenetics (computational biology).

[Full CV available upon request.]

### Professional membership

- International Statistics Institute (ISI
*Elected Member since 2015*) - American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Chicago
chapter.
**--> IIT students:**check out the local ASA student chapter! - Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Activity Group on Algebraic Geometry (SI(AG)^2).
**--> IIT students:**check out the local SIAM student chapter. - American Mathematical Society (AMS)
- Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).
**--> IIT students:**check out the local AWM student chapter.

### Outreach

I am an alumni mentor for the University of Kentucky Graduate Scholars in Mathematics Program.

## Selected (local) algebraic statistics activities

- This algebraic statistics community homepage has several important recent announcements.
***NEW***Nonlinear algebra and statistics (NLASTATS) seminar starts Fall 2019! Find upcoming and past talks here.***NEW***Since 2020, I am a Managing Editor of**Algebraic Statistics,**the new community-run journal in the field with MSC-2020 code 62R01!- Fall 2013 - Fall 2018, the
**Algebraic Statistics seminar**took place weekly at IIT. As of 2016, events are announced on the Department Events page; previous semesters can be found here: Algebraic Statistics seminar pages. - Many conferences include special sessions on Algebraic statistics. For example, the 2016 Joint Statistics Meetings hosted an IMS-sponsored Topic-Contributed Paper Session: Algebraic and geometric methods in inference - two decades of algebraic statistics, in July 2016 in Chicago. The 2015 AMS Fall Central Section Meeting also held a special session on algebraic statistics.
- In May 2014, IIT hosted the 2014 Algebraic Statistics conference, which continues the tradition of biennial algebraic statistics meetings in the US. The previous such meeting took place in June 2012, hosted by Penn State. The Algebraic Statistics in the Alleghenies conference was supported by the NSF, Packard Foundation, the Eberly College of Science, and the Mathematics and Statistics Departments at Penn State.
- In winter 2011/2012, I was named a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Algebraic Statistics. IIT Library took over hotsing the journal in 2015. The journal was discontinued after we published the volume in memory of Stephen E. Fienberg in 2019.
- Read more about my research interests on the "Research summary" page.

The field continues to be visibly active, with dedicated conferences every (other) year: as2012 at Penn State, as2014 at IIT, as2015 in Genova, Italy.

## Note to students

If you are interested in research in algebraic statistics, and/or relations to discrete applied math and combinatorics, please take part in the algebraic statistics seminar, and feel free to stop by for a chat after you have explored my research interests a bit.

The Spring 2013 page for the algebraic statisitcs reading seminar I organized at Penn State offers some reading material and introductory references.

And here is a cartoon containing **excellent general grad school advice**!

**Not at IIT?** Consider applying for our PhD program and joining us here in Chicago. View the department poster highlighing our main research areas.

How to choose your grad school? That's a tough one to answer on a website. Here are some of my thoughts about the graduate school experience:
UK Math Alumni Spotlight page.