June 01, 2017

New course - Biomath 205 “The Top Computational Algorithms”

Prof. Ken Lange will teach his new course Biomath 205, "The Top Computational Algorithms", in Fall 2017. Biomath_205_Fall_2017.pdf Most courses on algorithms are narrowly focused on a single field of application. This course is intended as a broad survey that cuts across discipline boundaries. Algorithm derivation is a legitimate branch of the mathematical sciences that is driven by hardware advances and the demands of many scientific fields. The best algorithms are undergirded by beautiful mathematics. Students deserve a chance to look under the hood of a few basic algorithms and understand how they operate. They also should learn how to assemble complex algorithms from simpler building blocks. Julia is an ideal programming language for prototyping and refining algorithms. It has a simple syntax and a variety of tools that students can exploit.

April 21, 2017

Marc Suchard featured in Daily Bruin article for work on BEAGLE

Marc Suchard featured in Daily Bruin article for work on BEAGLE (Broad-platform Evolutionary Analysis General Likelihood Evaluator), used to study the emergence and spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola.

Congratulations - Elif Tekin March 24, 2017

Congratulations - Elif Tekin

Congratulations to Elif Tekin who successfully defended her doctoral thesis “Emergent patterns in vascular networks and interaction networks: A network-centric approach for studying complex systems” on March 10, 2017. She was awarded her Ph.D. on March 24, 2017. Doctoral committee: Van Savage, Ph.D. (Chair), Tom Chou, Ph.D., Elliot M. Landaw, M.D., Ph.D., Pamela Yeh, Ph.D.

February 01, 2017

Cupples Award 2017 - Janet Sinsheimer

Dr. Janet Sinsheimer has been selected to receive the 2017 L. Adrience Cupples Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service in Biostatistics, given by Boston University. This annual award recognizes an internationally recognized statistician/biostatistician who has made significant contributions to the statistical sciences and whose academic achievements reflect the contributions to teaching, research, and service exemplified by Professor L. Adrienne Cupples. We are extremely proud of Dr. Sinsheimer and congratulate her on this honor. More information about the award can be found here.

Congratulations - Kevin Keys September 09, 2016

Congratulations - Kevin Keys

Congratulations to Kevin Keys who successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Projection Algorithms for Large Scale Optimization and Genomic Data Analysis” on June 10, 2016. He was awarded his Ph.D on Sept. 9, 2016. Doctoral committee: Ken Lange, Ph.D. (Chair), Van Savage, Ph.D., Marc Suchard, M.D., Ph.D., Lieven Vandenberghe, Ph.D.

Yuxi Tian Awarded Soros Fellowship April 12, 2016

Yuxi Tian Awarded Soros Fellowship

Congratulation to Yuxi Tian for being awarded the 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This program supports thirty immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Please join us in congratulating Yuxi on receiving this important and highly competitive award.

Congratulations - Trevor Shaddox December 09, 2015

Congratulations - Trevor Shaddox

Congratulations to Trevor Shaddox who successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Learning clinical outcomes from massive observational data” on June 22, 2016. He was awarded his Ph.D. on Dec. 9, 2016 and will receive his M.D. in June 2017. Doctoral committee: Marc Suchard, M.D., Ph.D. (chair), Douglas Bell, M.D., Ph.D., Kenneth Lange, Ph.D., Eli Ipp, M.D.

September 01, 2015

Former faculty member Rod Little featured in AmStat news

Former faculty member Rod Little featured in AmStat news - "A Conversation with Rod Little on His Career in Statistics."

Congratulations - Wesley Kerr June 12, 2015

Congratulations - Wesley Kerr

Congratulations to Wesley Kerr who successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Developing and integrating computer-aided diagnostic tools into clinical medicine” on March 31, 2015. He was awarded his Ph.D. on June 12, 2015. Doctoral committee: Mark Cohen, Ph.D. (Co-chair), Henry Huang, D.Sc. (Co-Chair), Elliot M. Landaw, M.D., Ph.D., Marc Suchard, M.D., Ph.D., John M. Stern, M.D.

Carol Newton Remembrance August 15, 2014

Carol Newton Remembrance


A remembrance for Dr. Carol Newton will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Hacienda Room at the UCLA Faculty Center.

UCLA Faculty Center 480 Charles E. Young Drive, East Los Angeles, CA 90095

Faculty Center directions

Campus map/parking link:

Nearest parking is in parking lot 2


We want to assure adequate seating and refreshments. For those who will be attending, please RSVP by Monday, August 11th (but do attend if possible.)

We understand that many would have liked to attend but are unable to do so due to other commitments. We would be happy to convey any sentiments at the remembrance on your behalf. They can be read aloud, included in the notebook being compiled for Carol’s family, or both. If you’d like to share something written or even just a photo, please send them to David Tomita ( by Wednesday, August 13th.


Congratulations - Moses Wilks June 13, 2014

Congratulations - Moses Wilks

Congratulations to Moses Wilks who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Quantitative Neurologic and Oncologic Positron Emission Tomography: Overcoming Practical and Structural Barriers" on June 13, 2014. Doctoral committee: Henry Huang, D.Sc.. (Chair), Jorge Barrio, Ph.D., Elliot Landaw, M.D., Ph.D., Kenneth Lange, Ph.D., and Anna Wu, Ph.D.

Congratulations - Gabriela Cybis February 05, 2014

Congratulations - Gabriela Cybis

Congratulations to Gabriela Cybis who successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Phenotypic Bayesian phylodynamics: hierarchical graph models, antigenic clustering and latent liabilities" on February 5, 2014. She will receive her degree on June, 13, 2014. Doctoral committee: Marc Suchard, M.D., Ph.D. (Chair), Christina Kitchen, Ph.D., Kenneth Lange, Ph.D., James Lloyd-Smith, Ph.D., and Janet Sinsheimer, Ph.D.

Congratulations - John Ranola November 25, 2013

Congratulations - John Ranola

Congratulations to John Ranola who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Probability Models in Networks and Landscape Genetics" November 25, 2013. He was awarded his Ph.D. on Dec. 13, 2013. Doctoral committee: Kenneth Lange, Ph.D., (Chair), Janet Sinsheimer, Ph.D., Marc Suchard, M.D., Ph.D., and Steve Hovath, Ph.D. John has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington.

August 26, 2013

Marc Suchard awarded 2013 COPSS President’s award

Dr. Marc Suchard is the recipient of the 2013 COPSS Award by Joint Statistical Societies. Congratulations to Dr. Marc Suchard, recipient of the 2013 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) President’s Award by Joint Statistical Societies. This is arguably the premier award internationally in statistics. It is widely regarded as the "Nobel Prize in Statistics," as it is a worldwide competition encompassing the entire field and only a single award is given each year. Marc received his Ph.D. in Biomathematics in 2002 and his M.D. in 2004, both from UCLA. He is currently a Professor in the Departments of Biostatistics, of Biomathematics and of Human Genetics in the UCLA School of Public Health and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


(2013) Marc A. Suchard University of California, Los Angeles COPSS Presidents’ Award For extraordinarily wide-ranging and insightful contributions to the statistical sciences in the areas of Bayesian inference, computation and stochastic processes; for innovative statistical modeling and novel computational techniques for formerly intractable problems in molecular epidemiology, evolutionary medicine, phylogenetics, phylogeography, computational biology and emerging massive public health data sets; for a panoply of flexible, well-regarded and widely used statistical software tools for the applied sciences; for extensive and creative statistical applications across an impressive range of human inquiry; and for service to the profession as a prolific and dedicated mentor of the next generation of statisticians.

To learn more about the award, visit

August 07, 2013

Moses Wilks:1st place Award Computer & Instrumentation Council’s Young Investigators Competition

Congratulations to current graduate student Moses Wilks for winning first place award at the 2013 Computer & Instrumentation Council's Young Investigators (CaIC) competition at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). The CaIC Awards recognize the best abstracts presented during the CaIC Young Investigators Session at the Annual Meeting of the SNMMI. His mentor, Dr. Henry Huang, said Moses competed mostly against postdocs or junior faculty in major medical centers making this achievement even more outstanding and special. Kudos to Moses for this prestigious honor!

1st Place - Moses Wilks - "Quantitative in vivo imaging of slowly diffusing radiotracers"

2nd Place - Joyita Dutta - "Respiratory motion compensated pulmonary imaging using simultaneous PET-MR"

3rd Place - Hao Li - "Direct MAP estimation of attenuation sinogram using TOF PET emission data"

Honorable Mention - Guen Bae Ko - "New high performance SiPM PET insert to 9.4-T MR scanner for simultaneous PET/MRI studies" Honorable Mention - Jongmin Cho - "Proton beam range verification using PET: Comparison of polycarbonate and copper activation" Honorable Mention - Chuan Huang - "Real-time 3D motion tracking using MR micro-coils for PET imaging" Honorable Mention - Matteo Tonietto - "Plasma metabolite correction: Improvements of current parent plasma models"

May 06, 2013

David Alexander in Nature Method 5 May 2013

Alumnus David Alexander co-authored Nature Methods article "Nonhybrid, finished microbial genome assemblies from long-read SMRT sequencing data". They have created a technology that for the first time enables researchers to isolate a pathogen and quickly get a completely accurate picture of its genome (a "closed" and "finished" quality genome assembly sequence). Paper is linked here: Nature Methods 5 May 2013

Congratulations - Joshua Chang November 11, 2012

Congratulations - Joshua Chang

Congratulations to Joshua Chang who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Cortical Spreading Depression: A Mathematical Model and Associated Inverse Problems" on November 7, 2012. He was awarded his Ph.D. on Dec. 14, 2012. Doctoral committee: Tom Chou, Ph.D. (Chair), Henry Huang, D.Sc., Van Savage, Ph.D., Andrew Charles, Ph.D., and Kevin Brennan, Ph.D. Joshua accepted a NSF postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

August 24, 2012

Suchard and Alekseyenko - Science Podcast, Aug. 24, 2012

Science Podcast Interview - August 24, 2012 Authors include UCLA Biomathematics doctoral alumni Marc Suchard, (Class of 2002), and Alex Alekseyenko (Class of 2008). Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family • Remco Bouckaert, • Philippe Lemey, • Michael Dunn, • Simon J. Greenhill, • Alexander V. Alekseyenko, • Alexei J. Drummond, • Russell D. Gray, • Marc A. Suchard, • and Quentin D. Atkinson Science 24 August 2012: vol. 337 no. 6097 pp. 957-960 DOI: 10.1126/science.1219669

August 14, 2012

Suchard Wins Mitchell Prize 2011

Marc Suchard (along with co-author Philippe Lemey, Alexei Drummond and Andrew Rambaut) won the 2011 Mitchell Prize from the International Society of Bayesian Analysis for his paper entitled "Bayesian phylogeography finds its roots”. He previously received the award in 2006, putting him in a select group with only two others who twice have won the award, which was first presented in 1994.

Marc Suchard won the 2011 Raymond J. Carroll Young Investigator Award presented biannually by the Texas A & M University Department of Statistics to recognize a scholar within 10 years of receiving a Ph.D. degree for outstanding contributions to Statistical Science.

Marc Suchard has been elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He will be recognized at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego in July 2012.

Wesley Kerr - Two papers accepted for publication June 25, 2012

Wesley Kerr - Two papers accepted for publication

Congratulations to MSTP and first year Biomath graduate student Wesley Kerr for having two papers recently accepted for publicaton.

Kerr WT, Anderson A, Xia H, Braun ES, Lau EP, Cho AY, Cohen MS. Parameter selection in Mutual Information-Based Feature Selection in Automated Diagnosis of Multiple Epilepsies using Scalp EEG. 2nd International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging; London. 2012. [in press].

Kerr WT, Lau EP, Owens GE, Trefler A. The Future of Medical Diagnostics: Large Digitized Databases. Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine. 2012. [in press].

Congratulations - Van Savage research group in Nature article May 30, 2012

Congratulations - Van Savage research group in Nature article

Congratulations to (L to R) Tony Dell, Van Savage and Sam Pawar. Their article “Dimensionality of consumer search space drives trophic interaction strengths” was just published in Nature <> and nicely featured and summarized in the UCLA Newsroom <>. In developing a novel biomathematical model and testing it on the largest-ever database on relationships between feeding rates and body size, their research demonstrates for the first time that the relationship between animals' body size and feeding rate is largely determined by the dimensionality of the space in which they search for their food. They also makes predictions that the tendency for animals to consume more in three dimensions than they would in two dimensions can lead more often to boom-and-bust cycles in species abundance, making them more prone to extinction. The new findings even suggest crucial differences in how climate change will affect ecosystems that are more two dimensional, such as land and water surfaces, and those that are three dimensional, such as the open ocean or air. [However, we wonder: could this model be tested during our welcoming lunch for incoming students this Fall? Stay tuned.]

Congratulations - Forrest Crawford May 24, 2012

Congratulations - Forrest Crawford

Congratulations to Forrest Crawford who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "General birth-death processes: probabilities, inference, and applications" on May 24, 2012. He was awarded his Ph.D. on June 15, 2012. Doctoral committee: Marc Suchard, M.D., Ph.D. (Chair), Kenneth Lange, Ph.D., Janet Sinsheimer, Ph.D., and John Novembre, Ph.D. Forrest has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Division of Biostatistics at Yale University. crawford_forrest_defense_seminar.pdf

Carol Newton Receives Excellence in Education Award 2012 May 23, 2012

Carol Newton Receives Excellence in Education Award 2012

Carol Newton, M.D., Ph.D. was one of the recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Education Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in recognition of her commitment to the medical student program and excellence as a Program-Based Learning (PBL) tutor. A reception honoring these exceptional educators was held on May 23 at the Wilson Student Center Terrace.

February 09, 2012

David Alexander in Nature article - Biostatistics: Revealing analysis

Alumnus David Alexander appears in Nature, Volume:482, Pages:263–265. Date published: (09 February 2012) Nature article

Congratulations - Mitchell Johnson September 06, 2011

Congratulations - Mitchell Johnson

Congratulations to Mitchell Johnson who filed his Master's thesis "Geometry and scaling in the vascular system: Theory vs MRI" on 9/6/11. Master's committee members: Dr. Van Savage, Dr. Tom Chou, Dr. Ken Lange, and Dr. Daniel Ennis.

Congratulations - David Alexander May 06, 2011

Congratulations - David Alexander

Congratulations to David H. Alexander for successfully defending his doctoral thesis "Statistical and Computatonal Methods for Ancestry Estimation and Variable Selection in Genome-Scale Datasets" on May 6, 2011. Doctoral committee: Kenneth Lange, Ph.D. (Chair), John Novembre, Ph.D., Janet Sinsheimer, Ph.D. and Elliot M. Landaw, M.D., Ph.D.

January 06, 2011

Eric Schadt co-author “The Origin of the Haitian Cholera Outbreak Strain”

Alumni Eric Schadt and fellow scientists from Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. published the following article in the New England Journal of Medicine - "The Origin of the Haitian Cholera Outbreak Strain."