Hongyu Zhao, PhD

Department Chair and Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics, Professor of Genetics and Professor of Statistics and Data Science

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Biostatistics | YSPH Global Health Concentration


Cancer Genetics

Center for Medical Informatics

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

Keck: High Performance Computation | NIDA Neuroproteomics Center

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Cancer Center: Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics | SPORE in Lung Cancer

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Computational Biology and Bioinformatics | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Yale Institute for Global Health


Dr. Hongyu Zhao is the Ira V. Hiscock Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics and Data Science and Genetics, Chair of the Biostatistics Department and the Co-Director of Graduate Studies of the Inter-Departmental Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Yale University. 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 applications of statistical methods in molecular biology, genetics, 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, biological network modeling and analysis, disease biomarker identification, genome annotation, cancer genomics, microbiome analysis, single cell analysis, image analysis, and systems biology study of herbal medicine. He has published over 480 articles in statistics, human genetics, bioinformatics, and proteomics, and edited two books on human genetics analysis and statistical genomics. He has trained over 70 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 is a Co-Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association Theory and Methods, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading statistical and genetics journals. 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, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Pao-Lu Hsu AwardInternational Chinese Statistical Association (2018)

  • FellowAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (2011)

  • Ira V. Hiscock ProfessorYale University (2011)

  • Mortimer Spiegelman AwardAmerican Public Health Association (2008)

  • FellowInstitute of Mathematical Statistics (2007)

  • FellowAmerican Statistical Association (2006)

  • Elected MemberInternational Statistical Institute (2006)

  • Ira V. Hiscock Associate ProfessorYale University (2001)

  • Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar AwardMarch of Dimes Foundation (1999)

  • Evelyn Fix Memorial Medal and CitationUniversity of California at Berkeley (1995)

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Contact Info

Hongyu Zhao, PhD
Office Location
300 George Street, Ste 503
New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
BiostatisticsPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Hongyu Zhao's Lab