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JSM 2014. Four of my 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
 Sungsik Kevin Kong, Ph.D. student in EEOB
Kevin is interested in methods for inferring phylogenetic networks and hybrid speciation under the coalescent model.
 Jing Peng, GRA, Ph.D. student in Biostatistics
Jing is working on developing statistical methods for estimating branch lengths on specieslevel phylogenies.
 Yuan Gao, Ph.D. student in Biostatistics
Yuan is working on developing phylogenetic techniques to study mutation order in cancer.
 Andrew Richards, Ph.D. student in Statistics
Drew is interested in phylogenetic models of diversification and speciation.
 Matthew Wascher, Ph.D. student in Statistics
Matt is working on consistency of methods for species tree inference. This work is in addition to his Ph.D.research with advisor David Sivakoff.
 Xiaoyu Liang, Undergraduate Researcher
Xiaoyu and Hoaran are studying robustness of species tree estimation methods.
 Haoran Wang, Undergraduate Researcher
Xiaoyu and Hoaran are studying robustness of species tree estimation methods.
 Colby Long, MBI
Postdoc
Colby is studying identifiability and inference for coalescentbased phylogenetic species trees that relax assumptions of the molecular clock and allow rate variation across time.
Previous Group Members
 Joy Zeng, M.S. student in Statistics (jointly advised by Matt Pratola)
Thesis title: Latent Factor Models in Recommender Systems and Market Segmentation Through Clustering
Current position: Joy is currently a Statistician at Pfizer.
 Jeff Gaither, Former MBI Postdoc
Jeff worked on hypothesis tests for phylogenies based on site pattern frequency data.
Current position: Jeff is currently a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
 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 invariantsbased methods and maximum likelihood for singlelocus data.
 Divyagash Swargaloganathan, MBI REU student, Summer 2013
Divy studied coalescentbased 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 Genomewide Association Studies
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Kentucky.
 David Spade, Ph.D. in Statistics (coadvised 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,
Postdoctoral
associate
Rasmus studied the performance of different methods for inferring specieslevel phylogenies from multilocus 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 postdoc 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