Probability, statistical physics
Nike Sun joined the department as Associate Professor with tenure in September 2018. Her research interest is at the intersection of probability, statistical physics, and theory of computing. She completed BA mathematics and MA statistics degrees at Harvard in 2009, and an MASt in mathematics at Cambridge in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University in 2014 under the supervision of Amir Dembo. After the doctorate she held a Schramm fellowship at Microsoft New England and MIT Mathematics in 2014-2015 and a Simons postdoctoral fellowship at Berkeley in 2016, and joined the Berkeley Statistics Department as an Assistant Professor in 2016. She received (with Jian Ding) the 2017 Rollo Davidson Prize and NSF CAREER award in 2019. She received the 2020 Wolfgang Doeblin Prize of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability.