Updated August 2022

My name is Sungju (sometimes called SJ). I am now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University and a participant of the Fields Institute Mathematics for Public Health (Fields MfPH) network under the supervision of Thomas Hurd (1956–2022) and Michael C. Wolfson.

My current project focuses on comparing agent-based modeling (ABM) and ODE-based modeling approaches to studying infectious disease dynamics.

For my PhD (2021, Seoul National University), I studied applied nonlinear dynamics (aka. chaos theory) motivated by problems in atmospheric modeling.


  • Applied nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory
  • Atmospheric predictability
  • Data assimilation
  • Infectious disease dynamics
  • Agent based modeling


  • PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, August 2021

    (Applied Nonlinear Dynamics focus) Seoul National University

  • MS in Mathematics, 2016

    Syracuse University

  • BS in Mathematics; BA in Classics, 2013

    Wake Forest University



Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Mathematics, Syracuse University

Sep 2013 – May 2016 Syracuse, NY


  • 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1
  • Hamilton Hall 415