Dr Sergio Bacallado de Lara
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.