Dr. Kevin Esterling
GradQuant Faculty Director
Watkins Hall, Room #2228

Prof. Esterling’s research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics. His current work identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley and a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Dr. Yelda Serin
GradQuant Coordinator
Life Sciences Building, Room #1425

Yelda worked as a research scientist for several years before she moved into graduate student affairs. She received her B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey (2001), her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from The Ohio State University (2007) and her M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi (2017). Her research interests ranged from transcriptional control of gene expression in the mouse cerebellum to peripheral nervous system development, and her work was published in journals such as Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience and Developmental Biology. Combining her experiences in research and student affairs, Yelda wants to support graduate students in their academic and professional development. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and re-watching Star Trek series.

Lauren Cappiello
GradQuant Lead Consultant
Life Sciences Building, Room #1425

Lauren is a Ph.D. student in Applied Statistics working under the supervision of Dr. Zhiwei Zhang. Her research interests include treatment effect calibration, causal inference, and precision medicine. More specifically, her work focuses on incorporating non- and semi-parametric methods and machine learning methods into doubly robust estimation techniques. Lauren initially became interested in statistics because of its collaborative potential and loves to get to know other people’s research. She has TAed a variety of statistics courses and is comfortable with most undergraduate- and graduate-level statistics course material.

Consultation types offered: Basic Statistics, Advanced Statistics, Nonparametric Methods, Mathematical Statistics and Probability Theory, Experimental Design, Data Mining, Machine Learning, LaTeX, Stan, SAS, R

Serj Danielian
Summer Statistics and Programming Bootcamp Instructor
Life Sciences Building, Room #1425

Serj is a second year Ph.D. student in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology under the supervision of Drs. Helen Regan and Kurt Anderson. He has received his B.S. in Biology, and M.S. in theoretical ecology from Cal State Los Angeles. His research interests are metapopulation synchrony, extinction, and persistence. He is specifically interested in how environmental variation and covariation interact with metapopulation network structure to affect metapopulation persistence. He is also interested in applying the theory of metapopulation synchrony to real-life metapopulation data to understand the causes of synchrony (synchronous metapopulations have a higher chance extinction). He will be overseeing the Summer Statistics and Programming Bootcamp for incoming graduate students in STEM as part of UCR’s GradEdge/JumpStart Program.


Gianluca Bianchin 
GradQuant Consultant
Life Sciences Building, Room #1425

Gianluca is a 3rd year Ph.D. Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He is currently conducting research in the areas of applied mathematics that include control and security of Cyber-Physical Systems, with applications to Transportation, Power, and Complex Networks. Gianluca has expertise in tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics, programming, Matlab and Latex environments.

Consultation types offered: Linear Algebra, Calculus, Machine Learning, MATLAB, Simulink, LaTeX

Seth Margolis
GradQuant Consultant
Life Sciences Building, Room #1425

Seth is a Ph.D. candidate in the Psychology department. He works under Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky in the social/personality area. His research examines happiness and personality, using both experimental and correlational methods. In his research, Seth uses multiple regression, factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and multilevel modeling.

Consultation types offered: Basic Statistics, Advanced Statistics, Experimental Design, SPSS, R, Excel