Alex Stringer

PhD student


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Spatial Statistics

Working Dissertation


Bayesian Inference for Extended Latent Gaussian Models


Jamie Stafford
Patrick Brown


I am a PhD candidate in Statistics at the University of Toronto supervised by Professors Patrick Brown and Jamie Stafford. I develop novel methods for fitting complex models to large datasets using Bayesian inference. In my doctoral work, I have introduced a novel class of models, Extended Latent Gaussian Models (ELGMs), and demonstrated their application in spatial epidemiology, astrophysics, and other areas. My work is funded by an NSERC Postgraduate Fellowship - Doctoral, and I have been awarded the Faculty of Arts and Science's Doctoral Excellence Scholarship.

I have taught eight undergraduate statistics courses as a sole-responsibility course instructor at the University of Toronto, including a new course (STA238) that I co-developed with Professor Alison Gibbs. I have been awarded the Faculty of Arts and Science's Superior Teaching Award and the Department of Statistical Science's Teaching Assistant Award for my teaching work.

In the second year of my PhD, I was president of the Statistical Sciences Graduate Student Association, which represents about 70 doctoral and masters students to the department and the broader University community. I was awarded the inaugural Department of Statistical Sciences Student Leadership award for this work.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked in industry as a Manager, Statistical Analysis at Scotiabank and an Analytics Consultant at TransUnion Canada.