Dr. Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen is the Director of Biostatistics Shared Resource Core of University of Illinois Cancer Center and Associate Professor with tenure in the Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics.
He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications during his 16 years of cancer research at the University of Southern California, Children’s Oncology Group, and the Emory Winship Cancer Institute.
Dr. Chen has rich experience leading a Biostatistics core for big grant applications (SPORE, P01, P30, U54) and was a member of NCI’s Clinical Oncology Study Section.
Dr. Chen 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 cancer investigators and applies his adaptive and sequential approaches, as well as Bayesian statistics, to clinical trials, community-based studies and epidemiological studies. Dr. Chen 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.