2015 Faculty & Staff Promotions

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(August 2015) – The Department congratulates faculty and staff members who received promotions this academic year.

Ao Yuan, Ph.D. promoted to Associate Professor

Ao Yuan, Ph.D., was recently promoted to Associate Professor from Senior Biostatistician.  Dr. Yuan received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Before joining the department in June 2014, Dr. Yuan worked at the Howard University National Human Genome Center as a research biostatistician for 14 years. He conducted research in biostatistics, clinical trials, empirical methods, and Bayesian methods.

Xiaogang “Simon” Zhong, Ph.D. promoted to Assistant Professor

Xiaogang “Simon” Zhong, Ph.D., was recently promoted to Assistant Professor.  Dr. Zhong’s research focuses on developing statistical methods and tools for analysis of high-throughput genomic and epigenomic data. He has worked extensively on gene expression microarray data from various technology platforms, genome-wide association studies of SNPs and copy number variants, enrichment of molecular pathways, impact of structural variants in the evolution of pathways and next generation sequencing data.

Ling Cai, Ph.D. promoted to Senior Biostatistician

Ling Cai, Ph.D., has been promoted to Senior Biostatistician. Dr. Cai has been a biostatistician within our department since 2013. She received both her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics and Master’s degree in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2009. Dr. Cai provides consulting services for medical students’ Independent Study Projects, which is required for their graduation. She also collaborates with medical doctors and scientists for their funded research, grant applications, and clinical trials protocols and analysis plans; and supports the departmental teaching activities.