Fúquene-Patiño holds a B.S. in Statistics (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.S., in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from UC Santa Cruz where he was Chancellor’s Fellow (2011). He obtained his Ph.D. in 2018 from University of Warwick and most recently was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University.
His research focuses on developing methods and computationally scalable approaches for a variety of data-driven problems with an emphasis on Bayesian model selection, Weakly Informative Priors and Bayesian modeling with extreme values, in conjunction with applications to economic time series, Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), clinical trials, environmental data, survey sampling data among others.
Fúquene-Patiño developed a deep understanding of how barriers affect minority students on an instructional level during his time as a full-time lecturer at the University of Puerto Rico, in his daily contact with students from underrepresented backgrounds as well as students from the LGBTQ community. According to the department of statistics chair, Alexander Aue, “Being the first faculty member from a Latin background in the Department of Statistics, Jairo will be instrumental in removing barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education for our majors and graduate students.” As a statistical consultant with global public health organizations, Fúquene-Patiño delivered vital and new statistical methodologies for public health institutions in developing countries -- data which he analyzed and used effectively to improve the health of Colombians. This work has led to a new line of research in Fúquene-Patiño’s portfolio, namely, this is directly tied to public policies aimed at improving health outcomes for the disadvantaged.
Full Article at CAMPOS (Thomas O'Donnell): https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/news/announcing-2020-21-campos-faculty-scholars