Kui Zhang

Kui Zhang


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  • Dave House Endowed Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • PhD, Probability and Statistics, Beijing University
  • BS, Probability and Statistics, Beijing University


Dr. Kui Zhang holds the Dave House Endowed Professorship in Statistics, Data Mining and Data Analytics at Michigan Tech. He obtained his PhD in probability and statistics from Beijing University in 1999 and joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Technological University as a full professor in August of 2015. Dr. Zhang did his postdoctoral training in statistical genetics in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University, School of Medicine, from 1999 to 2001 and in Program of Molecular and Computational Biology of Department of Biological Sciences at University of Southern California from 2001 to 2003. He was a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2003 to 2015. Dr. Zhang has published more than 80 papers in peer reviewed journals and his research is currently supported by NIH.

Dr. Zhang’s methodological research interests focus on the development of novel statistical methods and efficient computational and bioinformatics tools to address scientific problems in biomedical fields, especially in statistical genetics and genomics. His research topics include developing new methods and designing novel algorithms for mapping complex disease genes with population and family data, developing statistical methods for haplotype analysis, developing methods for the analysis of next generation sequencing data, developing statistical methods for rare variant association, and developing methods for the analysis of gene expression including microarray and RNA-Seq data and other types of biological data.

Dr. Zhang’s collaborative research interests are to apply powerful and innovative statistical and computational methods to address problems from genetic studies and other types of studies including but not limited to biomedical research. He has been actively involved in many applied studies during his research career. He has collaborated with scientists in their studies through three ways. First, he has been actively involved as a co-investigator in their grant applications. The duties include setting appropriate study designs, calculating sample sizes and power, adapting available methods and developing new methods for data analysis, and writing up statistical analysis. Second, he has provided the statistical support for their studies using available methods and software packages. Third, he has developed new methods for their studies when there is no available method or available methods cannot provide reliable results. Currently, Dr. Zhang is involved in several genetic and non-genetic studies, and he is actively seeking new collaborations with researchers at Michigan Tech.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Statistical Genetics and Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Applied Statistics