Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair (tier II)

Department of Mathematics and Statistics of University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Publications: Google Scholar and My software on Github

Research Interest: (1) Statistical Genomics, (2) Machine learning (3) Design and analysis of clinical trials, and (4) Big data problems

Other Affiliations: (Associate) Faculty member of


Joined the University of Victoria (2017) as an assistant professor & Canada Research Chair (tier 2).

Obtained a BSc (2000) and MSc (2003) in mathematics from Nankai University, MSc (2005) and PhD (2011) in statistics from University of British Columbia. Held a BCIC Innovation Scholarship (2007-2009) and a NSERC CGS-D scholarship (2009-2011) while completing a PhD in statistics under the supervision of Dr. Raphael Gottardo and Dr. Kevin P. Murphy.

Worked as postdoctoral researcher with NSERC PDF award (2011-2013) at the Dept. of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Dr. Hongkai Ji and Dr. Rafael Irizarry. Worked as MSc statistician at Centre for Heart Lung Innovation and Sirius Genomics Inc. (2005-2009) and PhD statistician at Eli Lilly & Co. and AstraZeneca (2014-2017).

Has been a visiting scholar at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. (2011)


Postdoc fellowship I could hire regular postdoc using research grant, but the salary will not be competitive. I'd like candidates to apply additional funding from other agencies, such as PIMS postdoc, CANSSI postdoc, NSERC postdoc, MITACS postdoc, MITACS Chinese postdoc etc. Successful candidates are expected to have solid statistics knowledge and strong programming skills. Background in machine learning and/or bioinformatics are preferred.

PhD/MSc students: Department will provide about $5000/year TA salary for all graduate students. My students are encouraged to apply VADA scholarship or this link. I usually do not provide major financial support for MSc students, but it is not hard for top MSc students to get decent income from summer Internship.

UVic tuition is about $2000 per term, which is much lower than most other universities in Canada.

Selected recent publications and submitted manuscripts

Simultaneous prediction of multiple outcomes using revised stacking algorithms. (Bioinformatics 2019) Link of Paper
Software package on CRAN and GitHub

Model-based clustering for identifying disease-associated SNPs in case-control genome-wide association studies. (Scientific Reports 2019) Link of Paper
Software package on GitHub

Research team

Postdoctorate Fellows and Research Associates

PhD Students

Master Students

Undergraduate Students






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Email: Xuekui at UVic dot ca

Mailing address

Mathematics and Statistics
University of Victoria
Victoria, B.C.
Canada V8W 2Y2