Xiang (Shawn) Zhu has his Master of Science degree in Biology and has over 25 years of experience as a biostatistician. He began his career at the National Environment & Wildlife Monitoring Center for the State Forestry Administration in Beijing, China as a biostatistician, senior biologist, and wildlife ecologist. He developed survey and monitoring methods for large-scale environmental protection projects at the national level, and was a member of IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Groups. After a decade of work experience there, Mr. Zhu continued his career in a number of roles at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, including teaching assistant and research assistant in the Department of Zoology, and Faculty of Forestry. In the past 12 years, he worked as a senior biostatistician and database administrator for the Cancer Institute and the Center for Interventional Endoscopy at Florida Hospital in Orlando. He supported, consulted and performed statistical analysis for over 100 clinical trial researches, and developed solid skills in mentoring students and delivering consultation services to physicians of various specialties.

Mr. Zhu joined the College of Medicine in 2019. He works as an Assistant in Medicine and Biostatistician for the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. He will be involved in faculty research projects, providing biostatistical consultation and data analysis services. He also acts as support for the faculty in study design and preparation of NIH grant proposals throughout the year. He mentors students for their research needs and thesis writing.  Mr. Zhu is a member of the American Statistical Association. His solid expertise in Biology and as a Bio-statistician, plus skills on Stata, SAS and R programming, will serve him well in this role.


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Education & Specialties

Education, Training, & Research:

  • M.Sc. in Biology, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    Thesis: Habitat Selection and Reproductive Success of Lewis’s Woodpecker in the South Okanagan Valley, BC. Canada
  • B.Sc. in Wildlife Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China


  • Study design
  • Biostatistical analysis
  • Bioinformatics

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based clinical practice
  • Cancer Diagnosis & Therapy
  • Healthcare instrument development
  • Disease-related biomarker & gene expression analysis
  • Population Health
  • Cost-Effectiveness analysis of diagnosis modalities & treatment procedures
  • Application of machine learning techniques in complicated clinical practice issues

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