Statistics

Outstretch the Limits of Statistics Theory

Prepare to address a variety of societal and scientific endeavors using statistical tools. The PhD in Statistics at Temple University’s Fox School of Business provides a rigorous training in statistics theories and methods within a collaborative research environment, so you learn to apply your research to varied issues—and challenge the bounds of statistical knowledge.

Working closely with world-class faculty, you’ll gain the skills to advance statistical theory:

  • Thorough knowledge of research methodology and its applications
  • Foundation to understand new statistical theory tools as they are being developed
  • Capability for undertaking original research, which should make a substantial contribution to the science of statistics
  • Ability to communicate statistical knowledge effectively
  • Ability to interact and apply statistical knowledge in other fields

Wide-Ranging Research Interests. World Class Leaders.

The Fox PhD in Statistics features sixteen full-time faculty members who are well-versed in a variety of research subjects, frequently published in leading academic journals, and receive external funding and grants to complete important practical research.

Experience Significant Career Probabilities

With a PhD in Statistics from the Fox School, your career possibilities are unlimited. While some graduates of the program have accepted positions within the industry at corporations like Boeing, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Pfizer, many of our graduates hold faculty roles at leading academic research institutions. Some of the universities where students have accepted positions includes:

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • Temple University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Southern California
  • Villanova University

For more information please consult the Statistics Department website and program promotional materials.


Financial Aid

All students admitted to this program are considered for full financial support for up to five years. Funding typically comes in the form of research or teaching assistantship and includes full tuition and a competitive stipend. In order to receive assistantship renewal each year, PhD students must demonstrate their commitment to professional growth through dedication to assigned assistant duties as well as excellent academic performance. Assistantships will only be renewed if there is sufficient progress in the program and if the PhD student’s performance warrants renewal based on the student’s annual evaluation. Students who apply before the January 15 deadline will also be considered for Temple University’s prestigious university fellowships.


Chen Yong Tang

Concentration Advisor: Cheng Yong Tang

Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: High-dimensional Data Analysis, Econometrics, Analysis of Missing Data, and Nonparametric Statistical Methods
Office: Speakman Hall 337
Email yongtang@temple.edu


Alexandra Carides

Dr. Alexandra Carides

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Data Analysis, Clinical Study Reporting, Study Design
Office: Speakman Hall 345
Email alexandra.carides@temple.edu


Pallavi Chitturi

Pallavi Chitturi

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Experiments, Quality Control, and Conjoint Analysis
Office: Speakman Hall 341
Email chitturi@temple.edu


Yuexiao Dong

Yuexiao Dong

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Dimension Reduction and Estimating Equations
Office: Speakman Hall 326
Email ydong@temple.edu


Xu Han

Xu Han

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: High-Dimensional Statistics, Statistical Decision Theory and Causal Inference
Office: Speakman Hall 328
Email hanxu3@temple.edu


Richard Heiberger

Richard Heiberger

Title: Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Statistical Computing, with Emphasis in Linear Models, Statistical Graphics, and Software Design.
Office: Speakman Hall 332
Email rmh@temple.edu


Alan Izenman

Alan Izenman

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Time Series Analysis, Nonparametric Curve Estimation, Data Mining
Office: Speakman Hall 344
Email alan@temple.edu


Martina Mincheva

Martina Mincheva

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests:High-Dimensional Statistical Inference, Robust Statistics, Financial Econometrics and Time Series Analysis
Office: Speakman Hall 333
Email mincheva@temple.edu


Dr. Subhadeep (Deep) Mukhopadhyay

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Speakman Hall 335
Email deep@temple.edu


Sanat Sarkar

Sanat Sarkar

Title: Cyrus H.K. Curtis Professor and Chair
Research Interests: High-Dimensional Statistics, Multiple Hypothesis Testing, False Discovery Control Methodologies, Multivaritae Analysis
Office: Speakman Hall 390A
Email sanat@temple.edu


Marc Sobel

Marc Sobel

Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Microarray Data Analysis for Gene expressions, Protein interactions for DNA analysis, MRI Image Recognition
Office: Speakman Hall 338
Email marc.sobel@temple.edu


William Wei

William Wei

Title: Professor
Research Interests: Time Series Analysis, Forecasting Methods, Statistical Modeling
Office: Speakman Hall 330
Email wwei@temple.edu


Zhigen Zhao

Zhigen Zhao

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Bayesian/Empirical Bayesian Statistics, High Dimensional Data Analysis, Multiple Comparison
Office: Speakman Hall 346
Email zhaozhg@temple.edu



Samuel Ackerman

Samuel Ackerman

Email: ackerman@temple.edu

Samuel Ackerman is a PhD student in the statistics department. He is most interested in research topics involving statistical computation. Prior to coming to Temple, he worked for four years in economic research at the Federal Reserve Board, studying industrial production and the Survey of Consumer Finances. While in Washington DC, he also earned his MS in statistics at the George Washington University. To view more of his current projects, please visit his website.

View Curriculum Vitae


Gunes Alkan

Gunes Alkan


Prince Afriyie

Ahmad Alothman

Email: ahmad.alothman@temple.edu

In 2007 I graduated from Kuwait University with a major of Computer Science. I worked at Alahli Bank of Kuwait as developer from 2007 to 2008. I also worked at Almulla Engineering Group from 2008 to 2011. My tasks in both positions were mainly software development and database maintenance. In 2011 I moved to the US to pursue a degree in statistics. I finished my Master of Science in statistics from Virginia Tech in 2013. I then joined the department of statistics at Temple University to pursue my Ph.D.

View Curriculum Vitae


Hexin Bai

Hexin Bai


Scott Bruce

Scott Bruce

Email: scott.bruce@temple.edu

Scott Bruce is a PhD student at the Fox School in the Department of Statistical Science. His research develops statistical methods for the analysis of time series from modern experimental and observational studies. His current work develops methods to analyze the association between time-varying spectra and study covariates and to identify important modes of variability in time-frequency data with applications to sleep medicine.

View Curriculum Vitae


Chen Chen

Chen Chen

Email: chenchen88715@gmail.com

View Curriculum Vitae


Patrick Coyle

Patrick Coyle

Email: patrick.coyle@temple.edu

Patrick Coyle is a Ph.D. student in the Statistics department at Temple University's Fox School of Business. A native of the greater Philadelphia area, Patrick attained a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Patrick's goal is to offer statistical expertise to public health and public policy research.

View Curriculum Vitae


Yiyong Fu

Yiyong Fu

Email: yiyong.fu@temple.edu

My research is focused on multiple comparisons and group sequential designs. In the last two years, I have been intensively working under my thesis advisor Professor S.K. Sarkar on how to better utilize correlations of test statistics. That is, to improve power while still maintaining the family-wise error rate. We have recently submitted a paper on improving Holm’s method utilizing pairwise dependencies. Another manuscript on a group sequential step up procedure has been drafted, currently under revision. I am fortunate that I have the opportunity, as a statistical consultant, to apply some of my research expertise in the real world clinical trials projects.

View Curriculum Vitae


Lucas Glass

Lucas Glass

Email: lucasmglass@gmail.com

Lucas has his MS in biostatistics from Drexel University and is currently a PhD candidate in statistics at Temple University. Lucas Glass is a consulting data scientist for IMS Health. In this role, Lucas works to maximize the predictive accuracy of algorithms within the IMS suite of clinical development data and tools. Before working with IMS, Lucas worked as a statistician at the United States Department of Justice developing causation models for pharmaceutical false claims act litigation.

View Curriculum Vitae


Xiaoling Hou

Xiaoling Hou

Email: houxiaoling@gmail.com

Xiaoling Hou is a part-time PhD student in the statistics department and a full-time biostatistician at Biostatistics Analysis Center (BAC) of Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the BAC, she served for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Westat Biostatistics and Data Management Core as a biostatistician/statistical programmer for 4 years on several studies in the field of pediatric medicine. She has good knowledge of clinical data management practices and extensive experience in data analysis, applications development and testing, reporting, and modeling. Currently, she is working on collaborative projects involving interstitial cystitis and testosterone trial. Her research interests are in functional data analysis, state space model and clustering.

View Curriculum Vitae


Hang Kim

Hang Kim

Email: hangk40@yahoo.com

Hang Kim is a Ph.D. student in Statistics. He works under Dr. Wei in time series analysis. He earned his B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania with Cum Laude, and a M.A. in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University.

View Curriculum Vitae


Lu Li

Lu Li

Email: luli0077@temple.edu

Lu Li is a part-time PhD student in the statistics department and a full-time consultant at Towers Watson’s North American Pricing and Product Management team, with a focus in predictive analytics. Lu has experience in developing and implementing statistical models to solve various business challenges including profitability, marketing strategy and operational optimization. She has worked with clients from Europe and North America to maximize the use of their available data. Lu is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

View Curriculum Vitae


Zeda Li

Zeda Li

Email: zeda.li@temple.edu

I am the first year PhD student in Statistics. I obtained my B.S degree in Electrical Engineering, minor in Economics from Central South University of Forestry and Technology. I came to United States at 2010 and gained M.S in Electrical Engineering 2012 and M.S in Biostatistics 2013. Before came to Temple, I did my internship as a Biostatistician at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

View Curriculum Vitae


Fang Lu

Fang Lu

Email: fang.lu@temple.edu

Fang Lu is a part-time PhD student while working as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry. She earned a Master’s degree in Statistics from Rutgers University and has been playing a statistical lead role in the design, analysis, and reporting of many clinical studies. She joined Temple for advanced training in theoretical and applied statistics in order to help more patients receive better treatments.

View Curriculum Vitae


Richard Nair

Richard Nair

Email: richard.scott.nair@temple.edu

Richard Nair’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an MBA at Penn State Great Valley, a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Villanova, Six Sigma training at GE, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. His research focus is high dimensional data and applications of Reduced-Rank Regression.

View Curriculum Vitae


Shinjini Nandi

Shinjini Nandi

Email: shinjini.nandi@temple.edu@temple.edu

I joined the department of Statistical Science as a PhD student in August 2014. Before joining thedepartment I obtained my BS with honors in Statistics and an MS in Statistics from the University ofCalcutta, India. My primary research interest is in multiple hypotheses testing and statistical inference. Iam working under the supervision of my adviser Dr. Sanat Sarkar towards developing/improvingmultiple testing methods specialized in grouped hypotheses testing. I am also interested in non-parametric data analytics. Previously I have worked with Dr. Subhadeep Mukhopadhyay on a researchproject related to analysis of eye-tracking data using non-parametric tools with highly successful results.I also have some experience in teaching undergraduate courses in Statistics.

View Curriculum Vitae


Shinjini Nandi

Almabrouk Alsharef Omar

Email: tue62239@temple.edu

I'm currently a PhD student at Temple University in statistics. I was born in Tarhuna, 50 miles southeast of Tripoli, the capital of Libya. My family moved to Tripoli when I was in the third grade. I graduated from Tripoli University in Libya with a Bachelor's degree in statistics. In 2002, I got a master’s degree in business administration from the Higher Studies Academy, Tripoli-Libya. I moved to Pennsylvania in 2012. Two years later, I got a master’s degree in statistics from Temple University. I had taught high school students for 15 years and undergraduate students for the last 3 years before I came to the U.S. I am a coauthor of two high school textbooks. In 2007, I had an educational TV program on Libyan TV for 40 half-hour episodes.

View Curriculum Vitae


Andres Perez

Andres Perez

Email: andres.perez@temple.edu

I am Andres Perez, a student in the Ph.D. Statistics program at Temple University. I was born and raised in Ecuador but moved to the USA to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at Villanova University, where I also did a Masters in Science in Applied Statistics. After my Masters, I began to work for a Dutch financial services company for their risk modelling department. In parallel, I did the coursework for my Ph.D. from Fall 2011 – Fall 2014. My research interest is in Machine Learning and Data Mining, which is the area where I am looking for a dissertation topic. I have now founded my own company which offers Analytical Consulting services. I hope to be able to have access to various new data sources and practical industry problems where I might be able to gain some inspiration for more research opportunities.

View Curriculum Vitae


Michael Power

Michael Power

Email: michaeld.power@temple.edu

Michael Declan Power is a first year PhD student in the Department of Statistics at Temple University. A native of Philadelphia, Michael completed his bachelor's in mathematics at Temple in 2011 and then his master's in mathematics at Villanova in 2016. While at Villanova, he served as a teaching assistant within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

View Curriculum Vitae


Lauren Spirko

Lauren Spirko

Email: lauren.spirko@temple.edu

Lauren is a PhD student in the Statistics department in the Fox School of Business and Management. Before attending graduate school, she received a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Her general research area is in survival analysis and high dimensional data, with a specific focus on handling non-proportional hazards in gene expression microarrays. Her co-advisors are Dr. Cheng Yong Tang at Temple University and Dr. Karthik Devarajan at Fox Chase Cancer Research Center. On top of her research, she works as a consultant for the Center for Statistical Analysis. She also has three years of experience teaching various undergraduate courses in statistics and mathematics.

View Curriculum Vitae


Aaron Wade

Aaron Wade

Email: aaron.wade@temple.edu

Aaron Wade is a 1st year Ph.D. student within the Statistical Science department of the Fox School of Business and Management. Originally from San Diego, California, he relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 5 years ago while employed as the Director of Operations of a graphics & design company. While in Pittsburgh he decided to return to school and, in 2016, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from California University of Pennsylvania. California University, also, awarded him with the Presidential Scholar Award. Before returning to school Aaron worked within the apparel industry for 10+ years heading departments such as Logistics, Production, Sourcing,& Operations. Currently his research interests are focused in Statistical Decision Theory and Conjoint Analysis.

View Curriculum Vitae


Kaijun Wang

Kaijun Wang

Email: palantir413@gmail.com

View Curriculum Vitae


Qi Xia

Qi Xia

Email: qi.x@temple.edu

Qi Xia is a PhD candidate in statistics at Temple University.  She is an instructor for pre-calculus (STAT1001). She had master’s degree in Financial Engineering at University ofSouthern California (USC) in 2012. Her research interests are in dimension reduction,missing data, financial statistics and clinical trials. Her current research is on DimensionReduction with Missing Data. Her office is located at Speakman 327 in the Fox School ofBusiness.

View Curriculum Vitae


Yu Tian

Yu Tian

Email: raintian1986@gmail.com

View Curriculum Vitae


Jing Xiao

Jing Xiao

Email: Jamesx923@gmail.com

I am a part time PhD student and working at Merck as a statistician. I have much statistical and engineering knowledge and background. My research interests is Experiment Design, Mixed Modeling, Parallel Testing and Bayesian Theory. I passed PhD qualification exam and proposal exam at Temple University and I will have a PhD defense soon. My PhD proposal got First Prize of PhD Proposal at Fox Business School in 2014. Any potential opportunity is welcome.

View Curriculum Vitae


Xu Zhang

Xu Zhang

View Curriculum Vitae


Nahed Hamid

Email: nhamid@temple.edu

PHD student in Statistics. Interested in Biostatistics. Teach at Temple University Math department. I am also the coordinator of Math 1021 College Algebra there. Graduated with MS in Statistics from Kean Unisversity, Union, New Jersey.

View Curriculum Vitae