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Camila de Souza


Dr. de Souza is an Assistant Professor in Statistics and Data Science at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to Western, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Shah Lab for Computational Cancer Biology at the B.C. Cancer Agency Research Centre. She completed her Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her research program consists of developing new statistical methods to analyze large and complex data structures arising from various areas in the Natural Sciences, Health, and Engineering.



Simon Bonner


Dr. Bonner is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences and the Department of Biology at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on ecological statistics, Bayesian inference, and statistical computing. He completed his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University and spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky before joining Western in 2015.



Chelsea Uggenti

Senior Consultant

Chelsea is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Statistics at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). Chelsea received her M.Sc. in Statistics at UWO and her B.A. in Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has 7+ years of experience working in R and RStudio and has worked with WDSS for the past three years instructing R workshops and consulting on numerous projects. Her research consists of characterizing wildland fire lifetimes in Ontario using multi-state modelling techniques.

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Chengqian is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). He received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Statistics) at South China University of Technology and an M.Sc. in Statistics at UWO. His current research focus on survival analysis and Bayesian inference.

 paul_schell_160x180.pngPaul Schell


Paul is an M.Sc. candidate in Statistics at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). Paul received his HB.Sc. in Mathematical Physics at Trent University and his B.Ed. at Queen's University. He is currently pursuing the Collaborative Specialization in Hazards, Risks, and Resilience while studying at UWO.

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Yunxiao Dou is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). He received a Bachelor of Mathematics with a major in Statistics and Actuarial Science and a minor in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Statistics at UWO.

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Pingbo is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at Western university (UWO). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics at Sichuan university, China and his thesis-based Master’s degree in statistics at Sichuan university, China. Currently his research focuses on causal inference with measurement error.

Yu ShiYu Shi


Yu is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at the University of Western Ontario. He received a B.E. in Software Engineering at Tongji University and a M.Sc. in Statistics at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China. Yu’s previous research work concentrates on the risk measure and portfolio optimization, while his current research focuses on measurement error and graphical models.