Desireé Becerra

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Desireé is a first-year MPP student at the Harris School. She is interested in incorporating gender perspectives in research on development and inequality, especially using data science and spatial analysis techniques. Her professional experience has been mainly in international organizations in the areas of local government, project management, and infrastructure. She has completed masters in Public Management from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administración (IESA) and Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Serena Bernstein

Research Associate, HEROP

Serena Bernstein is a rising second year in the College majoring in Public Policy with a minor in History. She loves research and is particularly passionate about health disparities and global development. She especially looks forward to using geospatial tools to explore these areas. 


Fletcher Berryman

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Fletcher Berryman is a geographer and remote sensing specialist currently working with CARTO in New York City, a technology firm whose cloud computing platform provides GIS, web mapping, and spatial data science tools to commercial, academic, and governmental users. Berryman is most drawn to research questions that involve the intersection of geographers’ traditional consideration of “space and place” with modern technologies previously unavailable for use in examination, particularly in public health and international development contexts.

Fletcher Berryman

Ben Brown

Summer Institute in Social Research Methods Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Ben is a rising third-year in the College majoring in Computational and Applied Mathematics. He is interested in exploring how social scientists utilize mathematics, statistics, and computer programming to analyze data and convey their results visually.


Shelley Hoover

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Shelley Hoover is a research administrator at the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Public Health.  She is also an adjunct lecturer with UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs teaching Web GIS.  Shelley has a B.A. in Geography from Michigan State, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization from UIC. Her research interests include GIScience and public policy, participatory mapping, and social determinants of health. 


James Keane

Atlas Spatial Data Science RA

James is a second-year graduate student pursuing an MSc in Statistics. He aims to use data driven techniques to make inferences on the relationships of societal factors and environmental phenomena.


Liana Lan

Research Associate, HEROP

Liana is a first-year MPP student at the Harris School and also a pianist of the Piano Performance Program at the Music Department of UChicago. She graduated from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences with a B.S. in Human Geography and Urban-rural Planning. She was also a visiting student at the Department of Applied Mathematics of Columbia University. Her research interests include big geo-data mining and regional development.


Chenjia (Chen) Lin

Summer Institute in Social Research Methods Intern, Center for Spatial Data Science

Chen is a rising fourth-year in the College majoring in math and statistics. He is interested in exploring applications of mathematical and statistical techniques in the social sciences and public policy. 


Marc Loeb

Research Associate, HEROP

Marc David Loeb is a second year student of the Masters of Science in Computational Analysis in Public Policy (MSCAPP) program at the Harris School of Public Policy. Before this he studied  geography, history, and public policy as a University of Chicago undergraduate. Marc takes a particular interest in the history of American suburbia, the policies that brought it about, and its  implications for labor allocation, affordability, racial inequality, and the environment in the present day.


Nikhil Patel

Data Science Institute Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Nikhil is an incoming student at the College. He plans to major in Computational and Applied Mathematics and is assisting in the development of geospatial analysis tools. 


Anna Rzhetsky

Summer Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Anna Rzhetsky is a second year student at the University of Chicago, studying for a B.A. in Computer Science, as well as in the premedical track. Due to her strong interest in emergency medicine, she also works as an EMT in an ambulance service to gain experience in providing quality emergency care.


Xiaoyi Wu

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Xiaoyi has an interdisciplinary background in artificial intelligence, spatial analytics, and remote sensing. She is interested in integrating GIS and AI into human mobility, public health, and environmental science study. Xiaoyi holds a Bachelor of Science from China University Geosciences(Beijing) and a Master of Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania. 


Haipeng Xue

Summer Research Assistant, Center for Spatial Data Science

Haipeng is a first-year MSc in Analytics student at Physical Science Division. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Statistics and Economics. His previous research targets in environmental statistics modeling. He is interested in applying CS/DS techniques in geospatial world and public health.