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Faculty & Staff Honors

Arizona Faculty Receives NIH Career Development Grant for Precision Medicine Diabetes Research

Dr. Jin Zhou, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, received a five-year $570,000 research career development award (K01) from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to conduct precision medicine-based diabetes research.


[Photo: Dr. Jin Zhou]

Dr. Zhou’s research will focus on developing a data-driven model using electronic medical records data to understand heterogeneity effects of the medical treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2D) and to provide an evidence-based treatment guidance that is tailored to subgroups of patients who share similar characteristics. Her work will contribute to the field of personalized medicine in T2D patients.

Dr. Zhou received her master’s degree in applied mathematics from Nankai University in China and a doctoral degree in biostatistics and bioinformatics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She did post-doctoral training in genetic epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health before joining the University of Arizona as a tenure eligible assistant professor of public health. With an outstanding interdisciplinary training background and working experiences, Dr. Zhou has been extremely productive and motivated in applying her quantitative skills towards research in personalized medicine.

“Given the well-known limitations of a one-size-fits-all-approach in medicine, precision medicine research holds the promise for better personalized diagnosis and treatment in clinical practice,” said Zhao Chen, PhD, MPH, department chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “The proposed precision medicine research by Dr. Zhou is tied perfectly with our departmental strategic plan for clinical and translational research. We are thrilled with her accomplishment as a junior faculty member and will provide full support for the most fruitful outcome in her research.”

Dr. Zhou will be guided by an exceptional mentor team that she put together for this K-award. Her primary mentor is Peter Reaven, MD, professor of clinical medicine (UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix). Co-mentors include Craig Stump, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism (UA College of Medicine -Tucson); Hsinchun Chen, PhD, UA Regents’ professor and Thomas R. Brown, chair in management and technology; and Lee-Jen Wei, professor of Biostatistics (Harvard School of Public Health).