Trained as a biostatistician, my primary research interests are in evolutionary biology and phylogenetics, with
an eye towards applying the concepts from these fields to the improvement
of public health outcomes. Specifically, progression of certain diseases that are bacterial or viral leave
behind evidence of their evolutionary history, and can be modeled via the tools of phylogenetics.
I also have strong interests in poker and other games of chance. I enjoy writing non-scholarly articles about poker from the
perspective of a statistician (see below), and also bringing these concepts into the classroom.
Ph.D. Biostatistics, University of Washington, 2013
M.H.S. Genetic Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
B.S. Cell/Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, 2003 Full CV
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Merz DW, Chi PB. Knowing When to Fold'em: A Monte Carlo exploration of card shuffling
and how poker players can gain an advantage. UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. Accepted
for publication on 6/8/2022.
Chi PB, Kosater WM, Liberles DA. Detecting signatures of positive selection against a backdrop
of compensatory processes. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2020 Jul; msaa161.
Chi PB, Kim D, Lai JK, Bykova N, Weber CC, Kubelka J, Liberles DA. A new parameter-rich
structure-aware mechanistic model for amino acid substitution during evolution. Proteins:
Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics. 2018 Feb; 86(2):218-228. pdf
Orlenko A, Chi PB, Liberles DA. Characterizing the roles of changing population size and selection
on the evolution of flux control in metabolic pathways. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2017 May
Doi J, Potter G, Wong J, Alcaraz I, Chi P. Web application teaching tools for statistics using R
and shiny. Technology Innovations in Statistics Education. 2016; 9(1).
Chi PB, Chattopadhyay S, Lemey P, Sokurenko EV, Minin VM. Synonymous and Nonsynonymous Distances Help Untangle
Convergent Evolution and Recombination. Statistical Applications in Genetics
and Molecular Biology. 2015 Aug 1; 14(4): 375-389. pdf
Texas Hold'em Poker: A Tool for Teaching Statistics. PokerNews.com; August 23, 2017.
A Brief Statistical Analysis for Prediction of the 2015 WSOP Main Event Field Size. PokerNews.com; May 28, 2015.
Is Poker Good for a Casino? PokerNews.com; Jul 4, 2014.
$10 Million Up Top: Will the WSOP Guarantee "Work"? PokerNews.com; Feb 26, 2014.