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Li Ma

Professor of Statistical Science
Statistical Science
Box 90251, Durham, NC 27708-0251
217 Old Chemistry Bldg, Box 90251, Durham, NC 27708-0251


Research in high-dimensional inference, nonparametric methods, Bayesian modeling, and biostatistics. Tackling statistical and computational challenges in analyzing big data. A recent focus of my research is on using multi-scale techniques to construct flexible probability models that can be applied to massive data sets. Traditional nonparametric approaches, while enjoying many established theoretical properties, are often computationally intractable for big data. Multi-scale inference provides a general framework for tackling the computational bottleneck, while preserving the theoretical guarantees enjoyed by classical methods.

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Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Statistical Science · 2023 - Present Statistical Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics · 2023 - Present Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 2011 Ph.D.
The University of Chicago · 2006 A.B.
The University of Chicago · 2006 M.S.