Yi-Hui Zhou was appointed in July 2018 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program connective cluster member in High-Dimensional Integration of Biological Systems. Zhou is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and part of the Bioinformatics Research Center. Her research interests include statistical genetics, generalized linear models, and next generation and third generation sequencing models. A major theme in her work is to develop an improved understanding of how classical statistical techniques are affected by the high-dimensional nature of modern genomics technologies, and to develop improved techniques for these so-called “high-dimensional, low sample size” data. Zhou has received funding for her work from the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and has been co-investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has mentored graduate and undergraduate students with academic backgrounds ranging from bioinformatics to engineering.
Zhou obtained her master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As associate director of outreach for the Bioinformatics Research Center, she provides a link to other local and national researchers in biological sciences and bioinformatics.