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Last Updated: December 2013

Awards, Honors and Research Grants:
  • MITACS Globalink (2013).
  • ISBA Early Career Researchers Award (2012).
  • The Fields Institute General Scientific Activity Grant for International Workshop on New Advances in Statistics: Theory and Applications - with K. Davies (2012).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, RTI Grant - Joint with A. Leblanc (P.I.) and 9 others (2012).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada - Discovery Grant (2011-2016).
  • Start-up Grant, University of Manitoba (2010-2013).
  • SFU President’s PhD Research Stipend (PRS) Award (2010).
  • Frontiers of Statistical Decision Making and Bayesian Analysis Conference Travel Award (2010).
  • SAMSI Funded Participant for SMC Workshop, Research Triangle Park (2009).
  • Nominated for 2008/2009 SFU, Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Assistant Award (2009).
  • MITACS Travel Award (2007).
  • MITACS Fellowship (2006).
Professional Activities:
  • Organizer, Topic Contributed Session on Bayesian Methods With Applications to Health Sciences, Joint Statistical Meetings, San Diego California, August 2012.
  • Session Chair, Bayesian Modeling In Life Sciences 2, Joint Statistical Meetings, San Diego California, August 2012.
  • Organizer and Chair, Invited Session on Nonparametric Bayes Methods, Statistical Society of Canada annual Meeting, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario, June 2012.
  • Organizer and Chair, Invited Session on Bayesian Methods with Applications, ASASL Conference on Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Modern World, Colombo Sri Lanka, December 2011.
  • Organizer and Chair, Invited Session on Statistical Methods in Medical Research, ASASL Conference on Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Modern World, Colombo Sri Lanka, December 2011.
  • Reviewer for Canadian Journal of Statistics, Journal of Applied Statistics, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, JRSS (A), NIPS, Model Assisted Statistics and Applications, Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics, Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics.
  • Committee member, Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) committee on new Investigators, 2011-2014.
  • Session Chair, Bayesian Modeling and Computation, Joint Statistical Meetings, Miami Beach Florida, August 2011.
Workshops Participated:
  • UAI 9th Bayesian Modeling Applications Workshop, Catalina Island California, August, 2012.
  • Workshop on Objective Bayesian Model Choice, University of Texas at San Antonio, March 17, 2010.
  • Workshop on Modern Bayesian Methods, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, February 1, 2010.
  • SAMSI Workshop on Sequential Monte Carlo Methods, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, November 9-10, 2009.
  • Summer school on Bayesian Modeling and Computation, St John's College, University of British Columbia July 14-18, 2008.
  • Workshop on Deconstructing Biochemical Networks, Université de Montréal, Montreal, September 24-28, 2007.
  • Pacific Northwest Workshop on Bayesian Statistics, University of British Columbia, April 8-9, 2006.
Professional Memberships:
  • Statistical Society of Canada (SSC).
  • American Statistical Association (ASA).
  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA).
  • Applied Statistics Association of Sri Lanka (ASASL).