I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I obtained my undergraduate degrees at Universidad Católica Andres Bello and Universidad Simón Bolívar, majoring in Law and Industrial Engineering, respectively. In 2000 I completed my M.S. in Statistics at Universidad Simón Bolívar and, after working for four years, I moved to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in Statistics and Decision Sciences at Duke University. At Duke I also completed an M.A. in Economics and a certificate in Computational Biology.
I joined the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2007 as an Assistant Professor, and became a Professor Statistics in 2015. At UCSC I served in a number of administrative roles, including as Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in the Baskin School of Engineering and as Directors of the Center for Data, Discovery and Decisions.. I was also heavily involved with the Academic Senate, where I served as the chair of the Planning and Budget Committee for two years. During the academic year 2012-2013 I received a Donald D. Harrington Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.
Since 2020 I have been a Professor of Statistics at the University of Washington, where I currently serve as Department Chair. I am currently an Associate Editor for the Annals of Applied Statistics, Bayesian Analysis, the Journal of the American Statistical Association - Theory and Methods and the International Statistical Review. I am also fairly active in various professional associations. For example, I currently serve as the Treasurer for the Council of Sections of the American Statistical Association.
You can find my CV here, as well as my Google Scholar profile.