Assistant Professor, Department of Statistical Sciences
Elena Tuzhilina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences. Born in Moscow, she started her undergraduate studies at the age of 15 and would go on to receive a BSc and MASc equivalent degree in the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics at Moscow State University.
During her undergraduate studies in pure mathematics, she found herself having a growing interest in machine learning and applied statistics, which was fuelled by a two-year program in data science at Yandex School of Data Analysis and her job as a researcher at the SmartCAT Company.
In 2022, she completed her PhD studies in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University, where she was supervised by Professor Trevor Hastie.
Her scientific interests include machine learning, applied statistics — especially with applications in biology — computer linguistics and convex optimization which is the junction between abstract mathematics and real-life challenges.
Her favourite quote is: "If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.”