Dr. Zhengyang Zhou
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Education & Experience:
I received a PhD in Biostatistics from the joint program of Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, a MS in Statistical Science from Southern Methodist University, and a BS in Computational Mathematics from Beijing Institute of Technology. I joined the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at UNT Health Science Center as an Assistant Professor in 2018. Prior to that, I served as a research assistant at the Bioinformatics Lab of UT Southwestern with a focus on statistical genetics.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My teaching interest is general biostatistics, including statistical methods, application, and software. My primary teaching goal is to develop my students’ theoretical understanding and practical skills in biostatistics.
My major research interests are statistical methods development and applications in the areas of human genetics and alcohol research. For human genetics, my methodology work includes detecting gene – environment interactions, controlling for population stratification in genome-wide association studies and developing powerful genetic association tests. I have collaborated for several genome-wide and epigenome-wide studies for complex diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy, and fatty liver disease. For alcohol research, I have examined different estimation approaches for experimental longitudinal data, such as intervention trials, and worked on new methods to account for specific data distributions common in alcohol research, like zero-inflated outcomes for assessing treatment effects from individual trials and for combining data from multiple trials for meta-analysis.
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