Zhigen Zhao
Statistics, Operations, and Data Science
Associate Professor
  • Office Location1810 Liacouras Walk, Room 390
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  • Titles & RolesCharles E. Beury Research Fellow
    Academic Director, Graduate Programs


Zhigen Zhao graduated from Cornell University in 2009. Dr. Zhao’s research interests include Bayesian/empirical Bayesian statistics, high dimensional data analysis, multiple comparison, bioinformatics, selective confidence intervals. Dr. Zhao has published papers in top tier journals, such as Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, Journal of the American Statistical Association. Dr Zhao’s current research is supported by national science foundation.

Research Areas

  • High Dimensional Data Analysis
  • Bayesian/Empirical Bayesian Statistics
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Selective Inference
  • Multiple Comparison
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sufficient Dimension Reduction in High Dimensiona


    • Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2009, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    • B.S. in Mathematics, 2003, Nankai University, Tianjin, China


    • 2019-present, Director of Graduate Programs in Statistics, Temple University.
    • 2016-present, Associate Professor, Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics (Secondary appointment), Temple University.
    • 2016-present, Associate Professor, Department of Statistical Science, Fox School of Business, Temple University.
    • 2016-present, Charles E. Beury Research Fellow, Fox School of Business, Temple University.
    • May-August 2010, Visiting Scholar, Cornell University.
    • 2009-2016, Assistant Professor, Temple University.

    Sample Publications

    • Ji, P. and Zhao, Z. Rate optimal multiple testing procedure in high-dimensional regression. Submitted.
    • Zhao, Z. and Sarkar, K. (2012) A Bayesian approach to construct multiple confidence intervals of selected parameters with sparse signals. In press. Statistica Sinica.
    • Hwang, J. T. and Zhao, Z. (2013) Empirical Bayes confidence intervals for selected parameters in high dimensional data. Journal of the American Statistical Association. Vol. 108, No. 502, 607-618.
    • Zhao, Z. and Hwang, J. T. (2012) Empirical Bayes false coverate rate controlling confidence interval. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B. 74, 871-891.
    • Hwang, J. T., Qiu, J. and Zhao, Z. (2009) Empirical Bayes confidence intervals shrinking both means and variances. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 71, 265-285.

    Awards and Honors

    • NSF grant DMS1208735
    • Raghavarao Publication Award, Temple University, 2014
    • Laha Travel Award, the Institute of Mathematics Statistics, 2009


    Fox School of Business

    • Statistical Methods for Business Research II
    • Statistics Methods I/II
    • Econometrics

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