Farouk S. Nathoo
Canada Research Chair in Biostatistics (Tier 2, 2013 - 2023)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 3P4
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
Office: DTB (formerly SSM) A-545
nathoo at math dot uvic dot ca
We focus generally on biostatistics and specifically on the development
of statistical methods for
the analysis of neuroimaging data, Bayesian methods, spatial and
spatiotemporal data, statistical modeling and computational
2019 - present: Guest Co-Editor, Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Statistics with focus on the Analysis of Neuroimaging Data
2016 - present: Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Statistics
2013: Guest Co-Editor, Statistical Methods in Medical Research
, Special Issue on Statistics for Imaging
Service and Professional Activities:
- Member of the Board of Directors, Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute, 2018 - 2021.
- NSERC Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation Group (EG 1508), 2016-2019.
- Member of
the Organizing Committee, The Seventh International Workshop on the
Perspectives on High-Dimensional Data Analysis, CMAT, Guanajuato,
Mexico, June 2017.
- Member of the Local Organizing Committee, Organization for
Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British
Columbia, June 2017.
- Member of the Organizing Committee, The Sixth International
Workshop on the Perspectives on High-Dimensional Data Analysis,
Fields Institute, May 2016.
- Member of the Organizing Committee, Mathematical and Statistical Challenges in Neuroimaging Data Analysis, BIRS, January 2016.
- Program Co-Chair, Workshop on Applied Topology and High-Dimensional Data Analysis, University of Victoria, August 2015.
- Member of the Organizing Committee, International Workshop on the Perspectives on High-dimensional Data Analysis III, Vancouver, May 2013.
Co-Chair, GEOMED 2011:
GeoMedical Systems and Spatial Statistics International Conference,
Victoria, October 2011.
Recent Highlighted Papers - Trainees indicated with '*'.
- Szefer, E., Lu, D., Nathoo, F.S.,
M.F. Beg, Graham, J., (2017). Multivariate association between
single-nucleotide polymorphisms in Alzgene linkage regions and
structural changes in the brain: discovery, refinement and validation. Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sagmb-2016-0077.
- *Greenlaw, K., Szefer, E., Graham, J., Lesperance, M.L., Nathoo, F.S. (2017). A
Bayesian Group Sparse Mutli-Task Regression Model for Imaging Genetics. Bioinformatics, DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx215. The R package 'bgsmtr'.
- Former PhD student Dr. Yin Song is now a Data Scientist at Tutela, August, 2019.
- Former Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Li Xing is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, July, 2019.
- CMStatistics 2019 Organized Invited Session 'Recent developments in the joint analysis of neuroimaging and genetic data'.
- Joint Statistical Meetings 2019
Organized Invited Session ‘Making an Impact in Neuroscience: Advances in
Statistical Methods for Brain Imaging’ has been accepted for the
invited program. Information for this session is available at the following link.
- Statistical Society of Canada 2019 Meeting Organized Invited Session 'A
Showcase of Student Research from the CANSSI CRT Joint Analysis of
Neuroimaging Data: High-Dimensional Problems, Spatiotemporal Models and
Computation'. Information for this session is available at the following link.
- Elected to the Board of Directors
of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute for a three year term,
2018 - 2021. Member of the Executive Committe 2019 - 2020.
- Member of the NSERC Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation Group (EG 1508), 2016-2019.
- Ming Teng successfully defended his PhD thesis "Bayesian Computation with Application to Spatial Models and Neuroimaging" (co-supervised with Tim Johnson at the University of Michigan) on April 24, 2017. Ming's PhD thesis is available at this link. Dr. Teng is now a Statistician, Morgan Stanley, New York.
- Former lab member Keelin
Greenlaw won a CANSSI-sponsored Best Paper Award at the 2015
Statistical Society of Canada Student Conference. Greenlaw is now a
Statistician, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Montreal
- Angus Argyle successfully defended his PhD thesis "Statistical methods for species richness estimation using count data from multiple sampling units" on April 13, 2012. The PhD thesis is available at the following link. Dr. Argyle took up the position of survey methodologist at Statistics Canada in 2014.
(Hong) Li wins the TIES-WILEY Best Student Poster Award at the 2008 International Environmetrics Society Annual
Conference for her work in modelling mountain pine beetle infestation.
Students (two teams) win both of the SSC Case Studies in Data Analysis Competitions
at the 2009 Statistical Society of Canada Conference.
Currently recruiting PhD and MSc students. Interested candidates should contact Farouk Nathoo for further information. A formal application to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria is required in all cases.
In Fall 2018 I am teaching MATH/STAT 452/552 (Stochastic
Processes/Applied Stochastic Models; course outline
) and STAT 460/560 (Bayesian
Statistics; course outline
). Course material will be distributed in class.