Vanja Dukic, PhD

Faculty, Statistics
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Courtesy Professor of Economics
Vanja Dukic


I received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2001. I was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago from 2000-2001. After that, I was an Assistant Professor (2001-2008) and then Associate Professor with tenure (2008-2010) of Biostatistics at the University of Chicago.

I am currently a Professor of Applied Mathematics and a courtesy Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

My main research interests are in Bayesian modeling, inference, and computational statistics, with applications to a wide variety of fields, ranging from medicine and ecology to risk and insurance.

I can be contacted at:

Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Colorado-Boulder
Box 526; Boulder, CO 80309-0526
tel: 303-735-0919
fax: 303-492-4066


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