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Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 – present

Faculty member, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Gene Networks in Neural Development and Plasticity, 2014 – present

Faculty affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health, 2014 – present

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology & Statistics Department, University of Pennsylvania, 2012 – 2014

Research Interests

Statistical genomics
High-dimensional statistics
Survival analysis


PhD, Biostatistics, Harvard University, 2012
A.M., Statistics, Harvard University, 2007
A.B., Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University, 2007

Office Address

116 A Illini Hall
725 S. Wright St.
M/C 374
Champaign, IL 61820

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Research Output

Genomic regions influencing aggressive behavior in honey bees are defined by colony allele frequencies

Avalos, A., Fang, M., Pan, H., Ramirez Lluch, A., Lipka, A. E., Zhao, S. D., Giray, T., Robinson, G. E., Zhang, G. & Hudson, M. E., Jul 6 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nonparametric false discovery rate control for identifying simultaneous signals

Zhao, S. D. & Nguyen, Y. T., Jan 1 2020, In : Electronic Journal of Statistics. 14, 1, p. 110-142 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Cross-species systems analysis of evolutionary toolkits of neurogenomic response to social challenge

    Saul, M. C., Blatti, C., Yang, W., Bukhari, S. A., Shpigler, H. Y., Troy, J. M., Seward, C. H., Sloofman, L., Chandrasekaran, S., Bell, A. M., Stubbs, L., Robinson, G. E., Zhao, S. D. & Sinha, S., Jan 2019, In : Genes, Brain and Behavior. 18, 1, p. e12502 e12502.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A closer look at cross-validation for assessing the accuracy of gene regulatory networks and models

    Tabe-Bordbar, S., Emad, A., Zhao, S. D. & Sinha, S., Dec 1 2018, In : Scientific reports. 8, 1, 6620.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle