Jin Zhou, Ph.D
Dr. Zhou is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Nanjing Normal University in China and her master's in Applied Mathematics from Nankai University. She went on to earn her PhD in Biomathematics from UCLA in 2010.
Dr. Zhou's research focuses on the role of genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors in the development of complex diseases, including cancers. It involves both methodological development in modeling biological data and hands-on data analysis.
In her previous research, she has addressed challenges of utilizing familial data in population genetics, genetic epidemiology and pigenetics studies. Her major concerns are how to appropriately model and take full advantage of the correlation structure of the large-scale genetic dataset and improve computation efficiency. She has built regularization models for combinatorial process to improve the interpretability of large-scale genetic data from complex pedigrees in model organisms. Her current research focuses on building mathematical/statistical models and efficient user-friendly software to better utilize various types of high-throughput data (“big data”) and systematically understand the heterogeneity of complex diseases, therefore to facilitate the evolution into the era of tailored therapy and personalized medicine.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arizona, Dr. Zhou had been a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University, where she worked with Professor Nan Laird. In addition, she collaborated closely with fellows at the Channing's Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital on the genetic epidemiology study for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
She has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2012 Program in Quantitative Genomics Stellar Abstract Award at Harvard University, the 2012 Travel Award at the 14th Meeting of New Researchers in Statistics and Probability at the University of California, San Diego, the 2012 Program in Quantitative Genomics Travel Award Harvard University and the 2009 Dissertation Year Fellowship at UCLA.
In addition to serving as Research Faculty, Dr. Zhou is a member of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center's Scientific Advisory Council.