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Hongyu Zhao PhD

Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) and Professor of Genetics and of Statistics

Biographical Info

Dr. Hongyu Zhao is the Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics and Genetics, Chair of the Biostatistics Department and the Co-Director of Graduate Studies of the Inter-Departmental Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Yale University. He received his B.S. in probability and statistics from Peking University in 1990 and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. His research interests are the applications of statistical methods in molecular biology, genetics, drug developments, and personalized medicine.

Some of his recent projects include large scale genome wide studies to identify genetic variants underlying complex diseases (Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia, bipolar, autism, and substance sbuse), biological network modeling and analysis, disease biomarker identification through proteomics, genome annotations for the 1000 Genomes Project, microbiome analysis and systems biology study of herbal medicine. He has published over 280 articles in statistics, human genetics, bioinformatics, and proteomics, and edited two books on human genetics analysis and statistical genomics. He has trained over 70 doctoral and post-doctoral students, many of whom are holding tenured or tenure-track positions at major universities in the states and overseas.

Dr. Zhao is a Co-Editor of Statistics in Biosciences, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading statistical and genetics journals. He was the recipient of the Mortimer Spiegelman Award for a top statistician in health statistics under the age of 40 awarded by the American Public Health Association. His research has also been recognized by the Evelyn Fix Memorial Medal and Citation by UC Berkeley, a Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award by the March of Dimes Foundation, election to the fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.


International Activity

  • Mental Retardation and Human Non-Disjunctions
    Canada (2008 - 2009)
    Professor Zhao worked on a collaborative project with Dr. Wendy Robinson at the University of British Columbia on human non-disjunctions. The non-disjunction of pairing chromosomes during meiosis is the leading cause of mental retardation. The research examines developing mathematical models and statistical methods to study the cause of non-disjunction using both uniparental disomy data and trisomy data.

Education & Training

B.S.
Peking University (1990)
Ph.D.
University of California at Berkeley (1995)

Honors & Recognition

  • Fellow
    American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011)
  • Mortimer Spiegelman Award
    American Public Health Association (2008)
  • Fellow
    Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2007)
  • Fellow
    American Statistical Association (2006)
  • Elected Member
    International Statistical Institute (2006)
  • Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award
    March of Dimes Foundation (1999)
  • Evelyn Fix Memorial Medal and Citation
    University of California at Berkeley (1995)
  • Ira V. Hiscock Professor
    Yale University (2011)
  • Ira V. Hiscock Associate Professor
    Yale University (2001)

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