Hongyu Zhao is appointed to the Hiscock Professorship
Hongyu Zhao, who was designated as the Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, develops in his laboratory mathematical, statistical, computational, and visualization tools needed to address scientific problems in molecular biology and genetics.
Zhao, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, is also a professor of genetics and of statistics. He is a leader in statistical genetics, computational biology, genetic epidemiology, and human genetics, and has developed novel statistical methods and showed how they can be applied to the study of many diseases, including cancer, obesity, hypertension, mental retardation, HIV, substance dependence, and immunological disorders.
He has also contributed to genomics and proteomics analysis through the development of powerful statistical methods for pathway reconstructions using different types of genomics data, network analysis, protein-protein interaction network inference, DNA copy number analysis, and pathway-based analysis.
Zhao’s accomplishments and professional service have been recognized with many distinguished honors, including being elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. An editor or associate editor for many statistical and biological journals, he received the prestigious Mortimer Spiegelman Award, given to a top statistician in public health under the age of 40, from the American Public Health Association.