I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health. I have a secondary appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and I am affiliated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program.

I completed my PhD in Biomathematics at UCLA in 2012 under the guidance of Marc A. Suchard. I work on mathematical and statistical problems related to stochastic processes in public health, biomedicine, evolutionary science.

My methodological and theoretical interests are:

  • Continuous-time Markov chains
  • Counting processes
  • Computational statistics
  • Walks on networks and graphs
  • Optimization
  • Algorithms

My work has practical applications in many fields, including:

  • Public health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Genetics

Please contact me if you would like to know more about my work.

Recent News (older )

04 December 2013 Now published in JASA: Estimation for general birth-death processes with Vladimir N. Minin and Marc A. Suchard.
26 November 2013 I am now affiliated with the Center for Inderdisciplinary Research on AIDS and its interdisciplinary research methods core.

Upcoming talks (older )

22 February 2014: INSNA Sunbelt conference in St. Petersburg, FL. My talk will be on “Respondent-driven sampling on random graphs: analytic results for network inference”.
07 March 2014: MM/EM session of the INFORMS Optimization society conference at Rice University in Houston, TX. I will discuss EM and MM algorithms for estimation using data from continuous-time Markov chains and random walks on graphs.
26 April 2014: I am tentatively involved in a session at the New England Statistics Symposium at the Harvard School of Public Health.
03 August 2014: At the Joint Statistical Meetings I am giving a talk in Session 210137, “Counting processes for disease modeling”. I am also chair for Session 210136, “Innovations in stochastic models and inference for molecular evolution”.

© Forrest W. Crawford 2014