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Wei Zhuang Ph.D.

Staff Fellow — Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Wei Zhuang
Wei (Vivian) Zhuang, Ph.D.

(870) 543-7121

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About  |  Publications 


Dr. Wei (Vivian) Zhuang received a Bachelor of Business Administration in information science and systems from Nanjing University, China. She received a Master of Science in management information systems from University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Zhuang was motivated to make a lasting contribution to public health by the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2003. Afterwards, she had one year of training in bioinformatics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Zhuang received a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in biostatistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Boston University, respectively. Dr. Zhuang then became an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at Creighton University. After four years of teaching, research, and service at Creighton University, she joined FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in the Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics as a staff fellow in 2017. Dr. Zhuang’s contributions have been acknowledged by:

  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Chancellor's 'U' Award at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Rackham Conference Travel Grant at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Membership in Mu Sigma Rho
  • Membership in the U.S. National Statistics Honor Society
  • Time-off and cash awards at NCTR
  • Chair’s Choice Best Scientific Poster at the 6th Annual FDA Scientific Computing Days

Research Interests

Dr. Zhuang’s research interests are to develop advanced statistical methods and innovatively apply existing approaches for the advancement of regulatory science, biomedical research, and public health. She has performed research on statistical genetics, epidemiological studies, missing data, pathway analysis, brain imaging, data mining, and microarray/quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)/sequencing data analysis. This research experience has allowed her to connect statistical methods with specific research problems in genetics, cardiotoxicity, the human aging process, Parkinson’s disease, and HIV-associated neuronal toxicity. Dr. Zhuang’s current primary research projects include:

  • Development of a reproducible workflow to analyze real-world incomplete or uncertain qPCR data

  • Statistical methods for whole-transcriptome sequencing data analysis

Professional Societies/National and International Groups

American Public Health Association
2015 – 2018, 2020

American Statistical Association (ASA)
2007 – Present

Central Arkansas Chapter, ASA
2018 – 2019

2019 – 2020

The Midsouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS)
2018 – 2019

2019 Planning Committee, MCBIOS


Select Publications

A Robust Biostatistical Method Leverages Informative but Uncertainly Determined qPCR Data for Biomarker Detection, Early Diagnosis, and Treatment.
Zhuang W., Camacho L., Silva C.S., Thomson M., and Snyder K.
PLoS One. 2022, 17(1):e0263070. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0263070.

Elevated Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase at Onset, and Drug Metabolism Are Associated with Prolonged Recovery from DILI.
Ashby K., Zhuang W., González-Jimenez A., Alvarez-Alvarez I., Lucena M.I., Andrade R.J., Aithal G.P., Suzuki A., and Chen M.
J Hepatol. 2021, 75 (2):333-341. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2021.03.021. Epub 2021 May 18.

Reproducibility Challenges for Biomarker Detection with Uncertain but Informative Experimental Data.
Zhuang W., Camacho L., Silva C.S., and Hong H.
Biomark Med. 2020, 14(13): 1255-1263. doi: 10.2217/bmm-2019-0599.

Phenotypically Enriched Genotypic Imputation in Genetic Association Tests.
Zhuang W.V., Murabito J.M., and Lunetta K.L. 
Hum Hered. 2016, 81(1):35-45 [Epub Aug 31, 2016].

The Heritability of Circulating Testosterone, Oestradiol, Oestrone and Sex Hormone Binding Globulin Concentrations in Men: The Framingham Heart Study.
Travison T.G., Zhuang W.V., Lunetta K.L., Karasik D., Bhasin S., Kiel D.P., Coviello A.D., and Murabito J.M.  
Clin Endocrinol. 2014, 80(2):277-282, doi:10.1111/cen.12260. [Epub 2013 Jun 27].  

Meta-Analyses Identify 13 Loci Associated with Age at Menopause and Highlight DNA Repair and Immune Pathways. 
Stolk L., Perry J.R.B., Chasman D.I., He C.Y., Mangino M., Sulem P., Barbalic M., Broer L., Byrne E.M., Ernst F., Esko T., Franceschini N., Gudbjartsson D.F., Hottenga J.J., Kraft P., McArdle P.F., Porcu E., Shin S.Y., Smith A.V., Wingerden S., Zhai G., Zhuang W.V.,...(other 166 authors)…, Murabito J.M., Visser J.A. and Lunetta K.L.
Nat Genet. 2012, 44(3): 260-268, doi: 10.1038/ng.1051.  

Pathway Analysis Following Association Study. 
Ngwa J.S., Manning A.K., Grimsby J.L., Lu C., Zhuang W.V. and DeStefano A.L.
BMC Proceedings. 2011, 5 Suppl 9:S18. doi: 10.1186/1753-6561-5-S9-S18.

Circulating Testosterone and SHBG Concentrations are Heritable in Women: The Framingham Heart Study.
Coviello A.D., Zhuang W.V., Lunetta K.L., Ulloor J., Zhang A., Karasik D., Kiel D.P., Bhasin S., Vasan R.S. and Murabito J.M.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011, 96(9): E1491-1495. doi: 10.1210/jc.2011-0050. [Epub 2011 Jul 13].  

Meta-Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Data Identifies Two Loci Influencing Age at Menarche.
Perry J.R., Stolk L., Franceschini N., Lunetta K.L., Zhai G., McArdle P.F., Smith A.V., Aspelund T., Bandinelli S., Boerwinkle E., Cherkas L., Eiriksdottir G., Estrada K., Ferrucci L., Folsom A.R., Garcia M., Gudnason V., Hofman A., Karasik D., Kiel D.P., Launer L.J., van Meurs J., Nalls M.A., Rivadeneira F., Shuldiner A.R., Singleton A., Soranzo N., Tanaka T., Visser J.A., Weedon M.N., Wilson S.G., Zhuang W.V., Streeten E.A., Harris T.B., Murray A., Spector T.D., Demerath E.W., Uitterlinden A.G. and Murabito J.M. 
Nat Genet. 2009, 41(6): 648-650. doi: 10.1038/ng.386. [Epub 2009 May 17]. 

Striatal [11C]dihydrotetrabenazine and [11C]methylphenidate Binding in Tourette Syndrome.
Albin R.L., Koeppe R.A., Wernette K., Zhuang W., Nichols T., Kilbourn M.R., and Frey K.A.
Neurology. 2009, 72(16): 1390–1396.doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181a187dd.

Classification of HIV-1-Mediated Neuronal Dendritic and Synaptic Damage Using Multiple Criteria Linear Programming.
Zheng J., Zhuang W., Yan N., Kou G., Peng H., McNally C., Erichsen D., Cheloha A., Herek S. and Shi C.
Neuroinformatics. 2004, 2(3): 303-326.

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