Nianqiao Ju

Nianqiao Ju

Ph.D. student in Statistics

Harvard University


I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Statistics at Harvard University, supervised by Pierre Jacob. My research interests include agent-based models and Monte Carlo methods.

My Chinese name is written as 鞠念桥 and you can also call me Phyllis. You can contact me at nju AT g DOT harvard DOT edu.

I maintain a blog at


  • Agent-based models
  • Markov Chain Monte Carlo
  • Sequential Monte Carlo


  • PhD in Statistics, 2021 (expected)

    Harvard University

  • BA in Mathematics, 2016

    Wellesley College

Recent & Upcoming Talks

BETS: the danger of selection bias in early analyses of COVID-19 pandemic

MCMC for independent Bernoullis conditioning on their sum


NSF Travel Grant for WSDM'19

Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

Awarded to teaching assistants who receive student evaluations higher than 4.5 out of 5 points. Won 3 times, in fall 2018, spring 2019, and fall 2020.



Visiting Ph.D. Student

University of Oxford

Jan 2020 – Mar 2020
Hosted by Professor Arnaud Doucet.

Quantitative Trading Intern

Tower Research Capital

Jun 2019 – Aug 2019 New York, NY

Data Science Intern

Etsy Inc.

Jun 2018 – Aug 2018 Brooklyn, NY