Qingrun Zhang

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Member

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Genomics Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)


Contact information

Location

: MS390

Research and teaching

Research Activities

I am an Assistant Professor in Biostatistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in University of Calgary. I also have an adjunct appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with membership in Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute. I was trained in biotechnology (B.S. in Yunnan University) and statistical genetics (Ph.D. in Chinese Academic of Sciences, Beijing Institute of Genomics, supervisor: Dr. Jurg Ott). Before moving to Calgary, I have received my postdoctoral training in Gregor Mendel Institute and Icahn Schoo of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Currently, I am leading a small research group to develop Machine Learning algorithms focusing on high-dimensional data, with applications to the integration of genomics and gene expression data to predict risk and occurrence of diseases, as well as drug responses. Collaborating with colleagues in the the Cumming School of Medicine, we develop computational tools tailored to different diseases including cancers and neurodevelopment disorders. Our research addresses the follow questions: (1) How to learn sensible representations of high dimensional data. (2) How to identify association and causality using data mining techniques. (3) How to carry out statistical inference in multi-scale omics data (e.g., single-cell sequencing).

Research & Teaching: STAT 213 - Introduction to Statistics; DATA 603 - Statistical Modelling with Data

Research Areas: Genomics Proteomics and Bioinformatics

 


Publications

PubMed