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Meet the 2024 CANSSI Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows

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How do young statistical sciences researchers acquire the wide-ranging experience they need to establish a solid foundation for their careers?

The CANSSI Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships (CDPF) program answers that question by providing participants with a paid, comprehensive two-year training opportunity that prepares them for a variety of roles in and outside of academia.

Each CDPF recipient participates in a major research project under the joint supervision of professors from two universities. In addition, they are given opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching, and professional development.

This year’s call for applications attracted a record number of submissions. We are pleased to announce the successful applicants.

  • Dirk Douwes-Schultz, who is completing a PhD in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, will work on “Behavioural Change Mechanisms in Complex Epidemic Models” under the supervision of Professor Rob Deardon (University of Calgary) and Professor Alexandra Schmidt (McGill University). This research project will focus on the development of novel Bayesian epidemic models that allow for changes in infectivity due to dynamic behavioural change in affected populations. Read more about Dirk and his research.
  • Tatiana Krikella is completing a PhD in biostatistics at the University of Waterloo. She will carry out her CDPF project under the supervision of Professors Jane Heffernan and Hanna Jankowski (York University) and Professor Quazi Rahman (Trent University). The main focus of her research will be “Multi-scale Estimation Methods for Infectious Disease Management,” an initiative that aims to aid in public health management of infectious disease outbreaks by providing real-time, understandable estimates of essential disease parameters, particularly two key parameters—the effective reproduction number and the serial interval—that are not well-understood. Read more about Tatiana and her research.
  • Evan Sidrow is completing his PhD studies at the University of British Columbia with a focus on stochastic processes for ecological biologging data. His CDPF research program will address “Fine-scale And Functional Mapping Of Brain Imaging Genetics, And Aging” under the supervision of Professor Lloyd Elliott (Simon Fraser University) and Professor Junling Ma (University of Victoria). The research program comprises four projects that focus on brain imaging genetics, statistical genetics and host genetics of COVID-19, sweet spots as biomarkers for healthy aging, and epidemiology for pandemics. Read more about Evan and his research.