Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen, PhD

Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

School of Public Health

Research Program

Translational Oncology Program (TO)

Phone: 312-413-7059

Email: [email protected]

Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen, PhD, is Director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource Core of University of Illinois Cancer Center and tenured Associate Professor in the UIC School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He joined UIC in 2020. He has extensive experience in epidemiological, genetic, molecular, clinical and surgical research on lung, head and neck, ovarian, leukemia, lymphoma, breast, melanoma, brain and other cancers. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, has rich experience leading a Biostatistics core for big grant applications (SPORE, P01, P30, U54), and was a member of National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Clinical Oncology Study Section. He has comprehensive expertise in adaptive and sequential approaches, Bayesian statistics, clinical trials, cancer research, and precision medicine. He has advanced the practice of clinical trials by inventing adaptive and sequential designs, developing user-friendly statistical software, and applying his novel approaches to clinical trials. He has enhanced precision medicine with computational analysis and biological interpretation of genomic data from public database resources. He collaborates with clinical, basic science and community-engagement researchers to formalize scientific questions into testable statistical hypotheses and design efficient clinical trials, experiments and studies accordingly.


PhD, University of Southern California

Disease Focus

Brain; Breast; Eye; Gastrointestinal; Gynecologic; Head And Neck; Hematologic; Lung; Prostate Cancer; Skin; Colorectal; Pancreatic; Liver; Other Gi Cancers; Ovarian; Cervical; Other Gyn Cancers

Research Keywords

Biostatistics; Bioinformatics; Bayesian Statistics; Adaptive And Sequential Approaches; Clinical Trial Design; Precision Medicine; Personalized Maximum Tolerated Dose; Big Data Analysis

Published Research

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