Fan Zhang

PhD Candidate
Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Address: 60 Prescott St, Worcester, MA 01605
Email: fzhang [at]
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fzhang code on github

I am seeking a full time job/postdoc in December, 2016 in the field of large-scale (sequencing, microarray and other high-throughput experimental) data analysis by developing accurate and scalable Bayesian statistical methods and global optimization methods.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), MA, USA
PhD candidate in Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering    Sep. 2013- expected Dec. 2016
Advisor: Prof. Patrick Flaherty

Jilin University, Changchun, P.R. China
M.S. in Computer Science and Technology (with Full Fellowship)    Sep. 2009- June 2012
B.S. in Computer Science and Technology (with Honors)    Sep. 2005- July 2009
Advisor: Prof. Yanchun Liang


Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology    July 2012- July 2013
Research Associate, Biological Medicine and Health Engineering Institute

Research Interests/Specialties

Statistical method development:
- Bayesian/empirial Bayesian modeling
- Large-scale inference (MCMC sampling and variational inference)
- Model evaluation using Bayesian sensitivity analysis

Optimization method development:
- Global optimization, mixed-integer programming, branch-and-bound, cutting plane, etc.

Genomics data analysis:
- Rare SNVs detection in clinical NGS data using statistics model
- Biomarker identification in time series DNA/RNA sequencing data
- Tumor subtypes classification on gene expression data using mixed-membership models

Last updated 2016-04-15