Haibo Zhou

Haibo Zhou, PhD

Department of Biostatistics
Director of the Biostatistics Core
Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology
3104C McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7420
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Haibo Zhou is a full professor with tenure in the Department of Biostatistics at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also the director for the Biostatistics Core at the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology.

He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, many of extremely high quality, in top biostatistical and subject matter journals. He is well-known for his biostatistical research in environmental statistics, outcome-dependent sampling, survival analysis, measurement error problems and reproductive epidemiology.

Dr. Zhou has served as PI on four NIH-funded R01 grants on statistical methodology research in outcome-dependent sampling design. He has had outstanding collaborative experiences with researchers at UNC, NIEHS and EPA on important health studies. His outcome-dependent sampling research is focused on developing innovative and cost-effective sampling designs that will enable investigators to collect more informative samples at a fixed budget.

Honors and Awards

Elected Fellow
American Statistical Association

Award for Outstanding Presentation in Risk Assessment
1995, Society of Toxicology

Intramural Research Training Award
1995-1996, National Institute of Health

Teaching Interests

Dr. Zhou has taught:
     Advanced Linear Models (BIOS 762), Fall 2010-2013
     Introductory Survival Analysis (BIOS 680), Spring 2005-2008
     Applied Stochastic Processes (BIOS 167), Spring 1999-2003

Research Activities

Environmental statistics; Survival analysis; Measurement error problems; Biased sampling; Outcome-dependent sampling; Epidemiologic methods; Translational study; Pulmonary disease; Human fertility; Pregnancy outcomes; Early childhood development; Toxicological risk assessment

Service Activities

Associate Editor:
     Biometrics (2000-2003, 2003-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010)

Board Member:
     Regional Advisory Board of the International Biometrics Society (ENAR) (2000-2002)
     ENAR Student Travel Award Committee (2008-2010)

Meeting/Session Organizer:
     IBS/ENAR Invited Session “Statistical methods for reproductive health” (2002)
     JSM Invited Session (#20015), “Session on Outcome-Dependent Sampling in
Epidemiology Studies” (2004)
     JSM Invited Session (#201177), “Recent Development in - Nonparametric Survival
Analysis Methods” (2006)
     ICSA Invited Session, “Outcome dependent sampling” (2007)
     ICSA Invited Session, “Statistical Methods in Epidemiology Research” (2007)
     NIH Grant Review Committee: NIEHS Special Emphasis Panel/Initial Review Group (2004)
     NIGMS Minority Biomedical Research Support (2006)

Other Federal and State Expert Panels:
     USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) risk assessment expert panel for comparative risk assessment for a risk-based sampling algorithm for /E. coli/ O157:H7 in ground beef and trim (2007)
     The State of Pennsylvania: Department of Health Pregnancy Outcomes Expert Panel for Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in ready-to-eat meat and poultry products (2007)

Referee for:
     Drug Information
     J. of Biopharma. Statistics
     J. of American Statistical Asso.
     J. of Royal Stat. Society
     Statistics in Medicine
     Statistica Sinica
     Lifetime Data Analysis
     American J. of Epidemiology
     Annals of Statistics

Key Publications

IL-1 receptor antagonist reduces endotoxin-induced airway inflammation in healthy volunteers. Hernandez, M.L., Mills, K., Almond, M., Todoric, K., Aleman, M.M., Zhang, H., Zhou, H., Peden, D.B. (2015). Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 135(2), 379-385.

Body mass index correlates with pollutant-induced interleukin-1β in sputum and blood. Todoric, K.; Zhou, H.; Zhang, H.; Mills, K.; Peden, D.P.; Hernandez, M.L. (2015). Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 114(3), 251-253.

Reply. Aleman, M.M.; Mills, K.; Almond, M.; Todoric, K.; Zhang, H.; Zhou, H.; Peden, D.B.; Hernandez, M.L. Reply (2015). Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 135(3), 836-837.

On model selections for repeated measurement data in clinical studies. Zou, B.; Jin, B.; Koch, G.G.; Zhou, H.; Borst, S.E.; Menon, S.; Shuster, J.J.  (2015). Statistics in Medicine, 34(10), 1621-1633.

Association between early airway damage-associated molecular patterns and subsequent bacterial infection in patients with inhalational and burn injury. Mail, R.; Jones, S.; Pan, Y.; Zhou, H.; Jaspers, I.; Peden, D.B.; Cairns, B.A.; Noah, T.L.  (2015). American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 308(9), L855-L860.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Department of Biostatistics (2008-present)

Chair, Communication Committee, Department of Biostatistics (2008- present)

Faculty Search Committee, Department of Biostatistics (2005-2006)

ENVR Dept. Chair Search Committee, School of Public Health (2005-2006)

Chair, MS Exam Committee, Department of Biostatistics (2003- 2008)

MS Exam Committee, Department of Biostatistics (2003- present)

ad hoc Space Allocation, Department of Biostatistics (2001)

Faculty Search Committee, Department of Biostatistics (1999-2000)

Chair, Seminar Committee, Department of Biostatistics (1998-2001)

Graduate Study Committee, Department of Biostatistics (1997-1998)

Self Study Committee, Department of Biostatistics (1997-1998)


  • PhD, Statistics, University of Washington, 1992
  • MS, Statistics, University of Washington, 1990
  • BA, Mathematics, Shandong University, 1985