Statistical Genetic Methods for Determining Population Structure
Qian Zhang completed her dissertation research in the Department of Biostatistics, under the mentorship of distinguished biostatistical geneticist, Dr. Bruce Weir. Qian pioneered new quantitative methods for measuring ancestry-specific allele frequencies that are helping to improve the accuracy of genetic testing, including genome wide association analyses. Computational methods she has developed have led to better understanding of the genetic architecture of hyperlipidemia. During clerkships, Qian has undertaken radiology and radiation oncology research projects, involving extraction and quantification of imaging data.