Dr. Hong Zhu was formerly a tenured Assoicate Professor at UT Southwestern and Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was on faculty at UT Southwestern from September, 2013 to October, 2022. Currently, Dr. Zhu is a Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, and Director of UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center Biostatistics Shared Resource. Dr. Zhu obtained her PhD degree in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010. She was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biostatistics at The Ohio State University College of Public Health from 2010 to 2013. 

Dr. Zhu’s methodological research interests include design and analysis of explanatory and pragmatic clinical trials, statistical methods for complex survival data (biased sampling, semi-competing risks, multivariate survival data), and causal inference. Her work is inspired by and applied to biomedical and clinical studies. Dr. Zhu’s collaborative research interests include basic, clinical, translational, and population sciences studies in areas including cancer, chronic and infectious diseases. 

Dr. Zhu's research work has been supported by extramural and intramural funding. She received a PCORI Methodology Award to improve methods for design and analysis of comparative effectiveness research (CER) with complex observational healthcare data and a NSF Award to develop a dynamic modeling framework and risk prediction tool with complex observational semi-competing risks data in 2022, the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center Pilot Award to tackle pragmatic design issues in cluster randomized trials in 2018, and the Center for Translational Medicine Pilot Award to develop novel analytical methods for CER in 2016. She has served as Biostatistics and Data Management Core Co-Director for an NIH P20 SPORE Planning Award on cancer health disparities and Co-I on multiple large federally or state funded grants. 


Univ of Sci and Tech of China (2005), Statistics
University of Science Technolo (2005), Statistics
Graduate School
Johns Hopkins University (2010), Biostatistics

Research Interest

  • Analysis of Complex Survival Data
  • Causal Inference
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
  • Health Outcomes Research
  • Observational Studies using Large Healthcare Databases


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Honors & Awards

  • Statistics in Epidemiology Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) Travel Award
    The American Statistical Association (2017)
  • Cancer Biostatistics Workshop Travel Award
    American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) (2015)
  • Statistics in Epidemiology Young Investigator Award
    The American Statistical Association (2012)
  • ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award
    International Biometric Society (2010)
  • Statistics in Epidemiology Young Investigator Award
    The American Statistical Association (2010)
  • Jian-Ping Hsu Memorial Scholarship
    International Chinese Statistical Association (2009)
  • Statistics in Epidemiology Student Paper Award
    The American Statistical Association (2009)
  • Guo Moruo Presidential Award
    Highest Honor, University of Science and Technology of China (2004)
  • Outstanding Student Scholarship
    First Prize, University of Science and Technology of China (2001-2005)