IICD Newsletter September 2020

September 09, 2020
September 8th, 2020
Computing the Exponential of a Matrix
Simon Tavaré
Herbert and Florence Irving Director,
Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics
Meet Our Associate Members
In this monthly newsletter, we will regularly feature
the many talented members of our Institute.
Chin Hur is a physician-scientist and a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University and Director of the Healthcare Innovations Research and Evaluation (HIRE) group.  He is a recognized expert in cancer screening and prevention for gastrointestinal cancers and is a member of a National Cancer Institute consortium of researchers that works towards improving cancer management. The overarching goal of his research as a physician-investigator is to improve both clinical cancer care and cancer control on a population level. An illustrative research project is developing a multi-scale simulation model of esophageal cancer that can be used to assess current and emerging endoscopic screening protocols to improve early detection of treatable disease.
David Blei joined Columbia in Fall 2014 as a Professor of Computer Science and Statistics. He studies probabilistic machine learning and Bayesian statistics, including theory, algorithms, and application. Among his recent interests is the theory of causal inference, particularly in medical applications. He is co-mentoring Dr Mingxhang Yin, a postdoc supported by the DSI and the IICD.
Announcing Two Mini-Series this Fall 
on Probabilistic Modeling in Biology
The Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics and the Probability and Society Initiative will be jointly organizing two mini-series on the topic of "Probabilistic modeling in biology" this fall. Lectures will be given on zoom and open to all who wish to participate and learn about how cutting edge probabilistic methods are being applied to address questions in biology and epidemiology.
October 9, 16, 23

Amaury Lambert, professor at Sorbonne Université, Paris. Lambert's research centers on evolutionary biology (including phylogenetics, macro-evolution, speciation, population genetics, molecular evolution, somatic evolution) and stochastic processes (including branching processes, coalescent theory, excursion theory, Lévy processes, measure-valued processes).
November 6, 13, 20 

Alison Etheridge, professor at Oxford. Etheridge's research focuses on population genetics, mathematical ecology, infinite dimensional stochastic analysis and superprocesses such as branching diffusions.
The titles and abstracts for these lectures will be available a few weeks before they commence on the IICD website.
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