Zihuai He


I received my PhD from the University of Michigan in 2016. Following a postdoctoral training in biostatistics at Columbia University, I joined Stanford University as an assistant professor of neurology and of medicine in 2018. My research is concentrated in the area of biostatistics, statistical genetics, and integrative analysis of omics data. My current methodological work focuses on statistical inference in high-dimensional and large-scale testing problems, incorporating rigorous feature selection into machine learning methods, and translating data-driven discoveries into mechanistic insights and drug targets.

Current Position

    • Assistant Professor

    • Quantitative Sciences Unit

    • Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    • Department of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research)

    • Stanford University

Education and Training

    • 2016 -- 2018 Postdoctoral Research Scientist Biostatistics Columbia University

    • 2012 -- 2016 Ph.D. Biostatistics University of Michigan

    • 2006 -- 2010 B.S. Mathematics and Physics Tsinghua University

Research Interests

Statistical Methodology

    • Statistical genetics and integrative analysis of omics data

    • High dimensional data analysis

    • Interpretable/explainable machine learning

Application Areas

    • Neurological disorders

    • Functional genomics

    • Next generation sequencing data analysis


    • 2015 Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award University of Michigan

    • 2013 - 2015 Rackham Conference Travel Grant University of Michigan

    • 2013 Best Performance on the Qualifying Exam Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan