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Hongyu Zhao, PhD

Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics, Professor of Genetics and Professor of Statistics and Data Science; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Dr. Hongyu Zhao is the Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics and Data Science and Genetics. 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 developments and applications of novel statistical methods to address scientific questions in genetics, molecular biology, drug developments, and precision medicine.

Some of his recent projects include large scale genome wide studies to identify genetic variants underlying complex diseases, genetic risk prediction, single cell analysis, biological network modeling and analysis, disease biomarker identification, genome annotation, cancer genomics, microbiome analysis, image analysis, and wearable device data analysis. He has published over 650 articles in statistics, human genetics, bioinformatics, and proteomics, and edited two books on human genetics analysis and statistical genomics. He has trained over 100 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 has served as an editor and/or associate editor of leading statistical and genetics journals, including as a Co-Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association Theory and Methods and a co-Editor of Statistics in Biosciences. 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 and the Pao-Lu Hsu Award from the International Chinese Statistical 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, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of California at Berkeley (1995)
  • BS
    Peking University (1990)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Elected Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2021
American Statistical Association Outstanding Statistical Application AwardAmerican Statistical Association2020
Investigator Research AwardYale School of Public Health2020
Pao-Lu Hsu AwardInternational Chinese Statistical Association2018
FellowAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science2011
Ira V. Hiscock ProfessorYale University2011
Mortimer Spiegelman AwardAmerican Public Health Association2008
FellowInstitute of Mathematical Statistics2007
FellowAmerican Statistical Association2006
Elected MemberInternational Statistical Institute2006
Ira V. Hiscock Associate ProfessorYale University2001
Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar AwardMarch of Dimes Foundation1999
Evelyn Fix Memorial Medal and CitationUniversity of California at Berkeley1995

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