About me

Dr. Zhang joined Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at University of British Columbia in 2019 as an associate member. His primary appointment is at the University of Victoria, where he was recruited in 2017 as an assistant professor & Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (tier 2). Before that, Dr. Zhang has worked as a Ph.D. statistician at pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly & Co. and AstraZeneca (2014-2017).

Dr. Zhang is also a faculty member of the VADA Program and Centre for Biomedical Research.

Education and Training

PhD degree in statistics from the University of British Columbia (09/2007-05/2011) under the supervision of Dr. Raphael Gottardo and Dr. Kevin P. Murphy. Held a BCIC Innovation Scholarship (2007-2009) and a NSERC CGS-D scholarship (2009-2011)

Visiting scholar at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (2011), supported by Canada Graduate Scholarships – MSFSS.

Postdoctoral fellow with NSERC PDF award (2011-2013) at the Dept. of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Dr. Hongkai Ji and Dr. Rafael Irizarry

Area of Interest

Dr. Zhang’s research focus is to develop and apply novel biostatistics methods and software tools to solve real-world problems in medicine research. His research interests include: (1) Bioinformatics, (2) Biostatistics, (3) Machine learning, (4) Design of clinical trials, (5) Big data problems in any field