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

Postdoctoral Researchers and Students

Below is a list of the current and past postdocs and students working on research projects with me:

  • Postdoctoral Researchers
    • 2012-2017 Dr. Yolanda Hagar, Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder
    • 2002-2005 Dr. Bret Elderd, Center for Integrating Statistics and Environmental Science (CISES), University of Chicago (secondary mentor, primary mentor Greg Dwyer, Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago)

  • Graduate Students
    • 2019‐pres Ruyu Tan, Applied Mathematics, U of Colorado‐Boulder
    • 2015‐pres Peter Shaffery, Applied Mathematics, U of Colorado‐Boulder
    • 2015‐2019 Sama Shrestha, Applied Mathematics, U of Colorado‐Boulder
    • 2010‐2014 Yuanting Chen, Applied Mathematics, U of Colorado‐Boulder
    • 2004-2008 Chava Zibman, Statistics, University of Chicago
    • 2000-2004 Peter Bouman, Statistics, University of Chicago (joint advisor with Xiao-Li Meng, Harvard)

  • Undergraduate and MS Students
    • 2017-2019 Christopher Areheart, Applied Mathematics, U of Colorado‐Boulder
    • 2013-2013 Stephen Kissler, Applied Mathematics, U of Colorado‐Boulder
    • 2012-2012 David Kozak, Applied Mathematics, U of Colorado‐Boulder
    • 2009-2010 Andrew Poppick, University of Chicago
    • 2004-2005 Marina Niessner, University of Chicago
    • 2004-2005 Anthony Kong, University of Chicago
    • 2004-2005 Lucy Huang, University of Chicago
    • 2003-2003 Christine Lee, University of Chicago
    • 2001-2001 Rachel Wilhite, Louisiana State University, University of Chicago SROP program

  • Visiting PhD Students
    • 2012-2013 Auwal Abdussalam, University of Birmingham, UK
    • 2007-2007 Pancrazio Bertaccini, University of Turin, Italy