Dr. Eric Lu ZHANG
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
- COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINE
Dr. Lu (Eric) Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Before joining HKBU, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Pathology at Stanford University, supervised by Prof. Serafim Batzoglou and Prof. Arend Sidow. He received the MPhil degree from Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong and the PhD degree in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong in 2012 and 2016, respectively. In 2008, he received the B.Eng in Software Engineering from Tianjin University. During 2015, he was a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics at UC Berkeley and worked with Stephen Smale for applying theoretical mathematics to interpret the dynamics of genome structure.
He has an interdisciplinary background in genomics, genetics, statistics and computer science. His primary research interests include computational genomics, bioinformatics and machine learning. His team works specifically on developing computational tools to understand human gut microbiome and inherited diseases by linked-read and long sequencing and applying deep learning to genomics and single-cell RNA-seq data. His team actively collaborates with many leading universities and organizations, such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, Genome In A Bottle Consortium, etc. His work has been published in several top-tier journals, such as PNAS, NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics, GigaScience, Nature Communications, Nature Genetics, Genome Biology, Bioinformatics, etc.