Huaizhen Qin
Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2001
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-2042
Fax: (504) 988-1706



Research Interests:

Statistical genetics, computational biology, causal inference, survey sampling

Professional Membership:

Educational Background:

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Beijing Normal University, 2003
  • Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2001

Selected Publications: 

Qin H, Zhu X. 2012. Power comparison of admixture mapping and direct association analysis in genome-wide association studies. Genetic Epidemiology 36: 235–243

Qin H, Zhu X. 2012. Allowing for population stratification in association analysis. Robert Elston, Jaya Satagopan, Shuying Sun (eds.): Statistical Human Genetics — Methods in Molecular Biology 850.  Springer Protocols. Humana Press. ISBN 978-1-61779-554-1

Gao G, Kang G, Wang J, Qin H, Jiang B, Li Q, Liu N, Allison DB. 2012. A sequential Bonferroni procedure using smoothed weights for genome-wide association studies incorporating information on Hardy-Weinberg disequilibrium among cases. Human Heredity 73:1–13

Qin H, Elston RC, Zhu X. 2011. Interrogating population structure and its impact on association tests. BMC Proceedings 5 (Suppl 9): S25

Qin H, Zou G, Zhou SZF. 2011. On the sensitivity of pre-test estimators to covariance misspecification. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 141, 293–304

Wang X, Zhu X, Qin H, Cooper RS, Ewens W, Li C, Li M. 2011. Adjustment for local ancestry in genetic association analysis of admixed populations. Bioinformatics 27 (5), 670–677

Priya S, Qin H, Namkung J, Elston RC, Zhu X. 2011. Estimating heritability using family and unrelated individuals data. BMC Proceedings 5(Suppl 9): S34

Wang X, Qin H, Morris N, Zhu X, Elston RC. 2011. Testing gene-environment interactions in gene-based association studies. BMC Proceedings 5(Suppl 9): S26

Tayo B, Tong L, Teil M, Qin H, Khitrov G, Zhang W, Song Q, Zhu X, Pereira A, Cooper RS, Bottinger E. 2011. Genetic background of patients from a university medical center in Manhattan: Implications for personalized medicine. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19166.

Note 1: This work was reported by the ScienceDaily and the Alzheimer Research Forum

Qin H, Morris N, Kang SJ, Li M, Tayo B, Lyon H, Hirschhorn J, Cooper RS, Zhu X. 2010. Interrogating local population structure for fine mapping in genome-wide association studies. Bioinformatics 26 (23), 2961–2968

Qin H, Feng T,  Zhang S, Sha Q. 2010. A data-driven weighting scheme for family-based genome-wide association studies. European Journal of Human Genetics 18, 596–603

Qin H, Wan ATK, Zou G. 2009. On the sensitivity of one sided t-test to covariance misspecification.  Journal of Multivariate Analysis 100, 1593–1609

Wang X, Qin H, Zhang S, Sha Q. 2009. Incorporating multiple-marker information to detect rheumatoid arthritis susceptibility loci. BMC Proceedings 3 (Suppl 7): S28

Qin H, Feng T, Harding SA, Tsai CJ, Zhang S. 2008.  An efficient method to identify differentially expressed genes in microarray experiments. Bioinformatics 24(14), 1583–1589

Note 2: This paper was ranked top 6 among the 50 most frequently read articles in Bioinformatics during July & August 2008. Many researchers from Stanford and other prestigious institutes in the world requested the tool for their experiments/studies

Note 3: This paper and the works in genome-wide association studies and econometrics were honored with the Neil V. Hakala Endowed Fellowship (2008), the Graduate Outstanding Research Award in Mathematical Science (2008),and the Michigan Tech nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award (2008).

Wan ATK, Zou G, Qin H. 2007. On the sensitivity of the restricted least squares to covariance misspecification. Econometrics Journal 10, 471-487        

Note 4: Among all-time hits for all papers in the SSRN eLibrary from 2-January-1997 to 15-July-2008, this paper was on the Top Ten Download Lists for ESM: Estimation (top 7), ESM: Other (top 2), ESMST: Other (top 3) and Econometrics: Econometric & Statistical Methods-Special Topics (top 6)

Li L, Feng S, Qin H. 2007. The domain estimation of complementing strategies of sampling without replacement. Statistical Research 6, 82–87

Qin H, Wan ATK (2004). On the properties of t- and F-ratios in linear regressions with nonnormal errors. Econometrics Theory 20, 690–700

Li L, Feng S, Qin H. 2004. The sampling and data processing methods of the survey for wholesale/retail and food/drinks. Application of Statistics and Management 1 (23), 19–26

Qin H. 2003. Studies on some practical and theoretical topics in survey sampling. Star PhD dissertation in Statistics. Chinese Statistics Press. ISBN 9787503741975

Note 5: This book was honored with the Golden Prize for Star PhD Dissertations and the Golden Prize for Contributions to Technique Development in Statistics from Statistical Bureau of China (2002),as well as, the President Fellowship for Excellence (2002)and the Hua-Wei Silver Award to Star PhDs at Chinese Academy of Sciences (2001)

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