University of South Florida
College of Public Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC56
Tampa, FL 33612-3805
Yiliang Zhu, PhD.
Education and History
Came to USF1993
EducationB.S. Shanghai University (of Sci & Tech), 1982
M.S. Queen's University at Kingston, 1987
Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1992
Quantitative Health Risk Assessment
Evaluation of Clinical & Health Outcomes
Research InterestsIntegrative Modeling of Biological and Health Eco-Systems Using Diverse Datasets
Health Impact of Air Pollutants and Chemical Agents
Chinese Rural Health and Healthcare System and Policy
Other InformationCurriculum Vitae
A professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health and a joint professor of Internal Medicine in the Morsani College of Medicine, Yiliang Zhu was the founding director of USF's Biostatistics PhD program, the first in Florida, and of the Center for Collaborative Research. In 2012 he took a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct rural healthcare policy research in Northwestern China, and launched the following year the Loess Health Project, a multidisciplinary, international study of health and development on the Loess Plateau utilizing 18-year follow-ups combined with s series of interventions with respect to health, healthcare systems, the environment, and education. From 2013-2015 Professor Zhu was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science with US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. During his fellowship with USEPA he started studying the health impact due to indoor exposure to biological agents; he also studies integrative modeling using diverse datasets from high-throughput experiment to human data to quantify toxicity pathways of chemically-induced endocrine disruption.
Professor Zhu is also interested in the quantitative methods of health risk assessment due to exposure to air pollutants, pesticides, and industrial chemicals. He has developed a set of toxico-diffusion models for dose-response modeling and benchmark dose estimation of longitudinal data, and made it available through the USEPA's BMDS software. He is passionate about working across disciplines to develop cut-edge data analytic tools to support multidiscipline research.
Professor Zhu has been a member of many committees for the National Academies, including those of Shipboard Hazard and Defense II Study (2012-2015); Sciences for EPA's Future (2011-12); of EPA; the Committee to Review the Draft IRIS Assessment of Formaldehyde, as well as the Department of Human health and Services' Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Peer Review Panel of Phthalates (2013).
At USF, Professor Zhu has taught regularly over ten biostatistics courses at PhD, Master's and undergraduate levels. He advocates multidisciplinary biostatistics training with an emphasis on sound practice and the use of new tools and pedagogy. The USF Summer Institute of Biostatistics Training that he directed (2010-13, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood) was a part of the continuing efforts to exploring innovative models for biostatistics and new data analytic training.
Professor Zhu obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics from Shanghai University (of Science and Technology), a MSc in Statistics from Queen's University Canada, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Toronto.