Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on developing translational biostatistics and informatics approaches to reveal novel human disease mechanisms. Specifically, she has over 20 years of research experience in integrative analysis of multi-source high-dimensional biological data for novel association discovery between different biological entities under different biological states. Dr. Zhang has extensive collaborative research experience in medical informatics, ontology, software engineering, biomedical and basic science fields. Her research mission is to leverage the gap between the analytical needs of arising from multi-source biological “big” data in biomedical research and advanced informatics approaches. As the lead of the bioinformatics core at University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Zhang has been serving as co-principal investigator/co-investigator leading the bioinformatics and statistical analyses in numerous federal funded research projects in cancer research. She has collaborated with researchers in various disease areas leading to over 70 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Zhang has also been actively mentoring numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She has also been organizing/co-organizing several international workshops in the informatics field since 2012. Dr. Zhang is a member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).