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Zhenke Wu

Associate Professor
Public Health

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Zhenke Wu’s research involves the development of statistical methods that inform health decisions made by individuals. He is particularly interested in scalable Bayesian methods that integrate multiple sources of evidence, with a focus on hierarchical latent variable modeling. We have applied our methods to estimate the etiology of childhood pneumonia, autoantibody signatures for subsetting autoimmune disease patients and to predict whether a user is engaged with mobile applications.
Zhenke has developed original methods and software that are now used by investigators from research institutes such as US CDC and Johns Hopkins, as well as site investigators from developing countries, e.g., Kenya, South Africa, Gambia, Mali, Zambia, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Zhenke completed a BS in Math at Fudan University in 2009 and a PhD in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and then stayed at Hopkins for his postdoctoral training. Zhenke is Associate Professor of Biostatistics, and Research Assistant Professor in Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Bayesian Hierarchical Models for Using Mobile Technology to Individualize Care in Mental Health, MGI

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Research Area(s)

Data science / Analytics / AI | Health outcomes | Population Health


  • Co-investigator of: Opportunities to optimize the receipt of preventive services among children with sickle cell anemia: A Mixed Methods Approach
  • Co-investigator of: The effects of bundled payment on acute cardiovascular outcomes on older adults
  • Principal investigator of: Quantifying extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli host switches and spillovers between food animals and humans
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