Vice President, Data Engineering
Dr. Zhou’s primary interest is data-driven precision medicine.
Before joining HLI, Dr. Zhou was a co-founder and the Chief Scientific Officer of DoctorsForMe Inc., where he led a team and built a doctor recommendation system to help patients with complex conditions find the right doctors using data analytics and machine learning technologies.
Prior to DoctorsForMe, Dr. Zhou was the founder of SeekQuence Inc, a startup company that helps life scientists find the right research products for their scientific experiments. Dr. Zhou managed a team of 5 talented software engineers, bioinformatics engineers/scientists, and business development professionals. The company was acquired by DoctorsForMe in 2018.
After his Ph.D. study, Dr. Zhou joined Ingenuity Systems, Inc. (now a Qiagen company) as a Bioinformatics Engineer. While at Ingenuity, Dr. Zhou led a project to curate the most comprehensive hereditary mutation database that captures genotype-phenotype associations. He also built a pipeline to automatically extract knowledge from biomedical scientific literature.
Dr. Zhou completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science specialized in Bioinformatics from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His research during his Ph.D. study was recognized in several top conferences and journals, including Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR), and Bioinformatics. He also received his M.S. in Mathematical Statistics from UIC. Prior to his studies in USA, he finished his B.S. in Computer Science from Nanjing University of China.