Department of Mathematics and Statistics
111 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215
Email: ianj at bu dot edu
I am a fifth year PhD student in the Statistics program at
Boston University. Before joining BU in the fall of 2010, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a minor in Japanese from Drexel University. Since then, I have also earned a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Boston University.
As an Instructor:
As a Teaching Fellow
- MA 214 - Applied Statistics [Lab], Spring 2015
- MA 214 - Applied Statistics, Fall 2014
- MA 113 - Elementary Statistics, Spring 2014
- MA 113 - Elementary Statistics, Fall 2012
- MA 214 - Applied Statistics, Spring 2012
- MA 213 - Basic Statistics and Probability, Fall 2011
- MA 226 - Differential Equations, Spring 2011
- MA 582 - Mathematical Statistics, Spring 2011
- MA 121 - Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I, Fall 2010
- MA 123 - Calculus I, Fall 2010
- Block-Wise Auto-Regressive Modeling of Latent Genotypes for GWAS. In Preparation.
- Assessing the Computational Efficiency of a Spatial Boost Model for Quantitative Trait GWAS. Accepted by Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics.
- Hierarchical Gene-Proximity Models for Genome-Wide Association Studies. Under Revision. [arXiv]
- A Bayesian Hierarchical Gene Model on Latent Genotypes for Genome-Wide
Association Studies. [Full Text].
Hierarchical Bayesian Models for Genome-Wide Association Studies
- My PhD research focused on applying Bayesian statistics to a variable selection problem in genetics called GWAS. During my time at BU, I visited Japan as an NSF EAPSI Fellow, collaborated with Japanese and Australian researchers to develop a hierarchical Bayesian model for GWAS, analyzed 300,000 genetic markers in 3,500 individuals using R and identified a new candidate region for rheumatoid arthritis.
International Association of Statistical Computing Data Competition
- A team of classmates and I worked together on a poster for a competition hosted by the International Association for Statistical Computing.
We analyzed the effect of the Kyoto Protocol on reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and used a parametric bootstrap approach to impute missing observations in a longitudinal data set covering 193 countries over 20 years using R.
Seamless Texture Maps for 3D Models
- I worked under the supervision of Dr. Ko Nishino at Drexel University on a project in C++ to automate the process of building a seamless texture map for a 3D model from a set of range image data and corresponding high resolution density images.
Japanese Language Quiz
- In 2011 I wrote several JMP scripts to help teach probability and statistics to undergraduate students.
- In 2009 I programmed a quiz game in Microsoft Excel using Visual Basic to help students like myself memorize Japanese vocabulary.
For my minor thesis, I researched sangaku, or mathematical tablets. During the 17th century, Japanese people would often create colorful tablets that depicted a math problem or theorem without a solution or proof and hang them at temples and shrines. I think that the encouragement to study more math provided by that tradition could be useful for today's students as well. When I visited Japan in 2012, I was able to see some sangaku firsthand.