Varvara Nika, Ph.D


I received my Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from York University in 2014,  obtained an M.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from York University in 2009, B.Sc. degree in Mathematics, as well as M.Sc. in Pure Mathematics from University of Tirana in 1982 and 1985 respectively.

I joined the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University as instructor member of Mathematics and Statistics department in 2015. My research interests are in the fields of Medical Imaging and Machine Learning. Currently, I am Math consultant, Toronto Catholic District Board.


Coordinator & Instructor, York-Fields Math Circle, Fall 2015-Present.

Teaching, Learning Mathematics Through Problem Solving, York University, 2015 – 2016

Math 5220 S1 Problem Solving, in Summer 2015 term.

Discover Mathematics behind Fractals, Helix Summer Science Institutes, York University, Summer 2015.

Teacher Assistant, York University, September 2009 – August 2012.

Teaching Math and Computer Science, TCDSB, September 1998 – June 2012.


My Research area is Medical Imaging and Machine Learning. Currently, I am interested in subspace learning, convex optimization, and sparse approximations.