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Sihai Dave Zhao

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Contact Information

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

Associate Professor


Director of Computational Genomics, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, 2022 – present

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 – present

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 – 2020

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

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Statistics
Associate Professor, Biomedical and Translational Sciences
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Recent Publications

Rong, Y., Zhao, S. D., Zheng, X., & Li, Y. (2024). Kernel Cox partially linear regression: Building predictive models for cancer patients' survival. Statistics in Medicine, 43(1), 1-15.

Blatti, C., de la Fuente, J., Gao, H., Marín-Goñi, I., Chen, Z., Zhao, S. D., Tan, W., Weinshilboum, R., Kalari, K. R., Wang, L., & Hernaez, M. (2023). Bayesian Machine Learning Enables Identification of Transcriptional Network Disruptions Associated with Drug-Resistant Prostate Cancer. Cancer Research, 83(8), 1361-1380.

Traniello, I. M., Bukhari, S. A., Dibaeinia, P., Serrano, G., Avalos, A., Ahmed, A. C., Sankey, A. L., Hernaez, M., Sinha, S., Zhao, S. D., Catchen, J., & Robinson, G. E. (2023). Single-cell dissection of aggression in honeybee colonies. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 7(8), 1232-1244.

Xin, H., & Zhao, S. D. (2023). A compound decision approach to covariance matrix estimation. Biometrics, 79(2), 1201-1212.

Taylor, A. J., Cardenas-Torres, E., Miller, M. J., Zhao, S. D., & Engeseth, N. J. (2022). Microbes associated with spontaneous cacao fermentations - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Current Research in Food Science, 5, 1452-1464.

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