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Dr Sergio A Bacallado de Lara

Research Interests

I am a statistician specialising in Bayesian methods and Bayesian nonparametrics, in particular. I have a background in Structural Biology, and I have previously worked on applications to molecular dynamics simulations and single-molecule biophysics. More recently, I have worked on statistical problems related to the analysis of human microbiome studies.

I am interested in the problem of scaling Bayesian computations to modern applications in biology and more broadly. These problems increasingly require algorithms for approximate inference, such as variational Bayesian methods, and I am interested characterizing the tradeoff between accuracy and computational cost implicit in these algorithmic choices.

Keywords

Bayesian methods ; Monte Carlo methods ; Variational inference ; Sequential Monte Carlo ; Structural Biology ; Statistics ; Molecular Biophysics ; Human Microbiome Research ; Molecular Dynamics