The Keck Biostatistics Resource

Led by Hongyu Zhao, Ph.D. (Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health), this center assists in the statistical analysis of genomics data, including microarray gene expression data and SNP data. Assistance is provided at three levels: primary analysis, advanced analysis, and experimental design. Dr. Zhao's group has also developed novel statistical methods to map diabetes- and obesity-related genes. Their current focus is on the efficient use of SNPs in both pedigree-based and population-based studies, and the understanding and use of haplotypes in genetic studies. This program is enhanced by collaborations with Computer Science faculty and by the presence of the Center for High Performance Computation (HPC) equipped with a state-of-the-art,128 node Beowulf cluster “supercomputer”.