Tianzhong Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics

Tianzhong Yang

Contact Info


Office Address:
Mayo A454-2

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 303 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics

PhD, Biostatistics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

MPH, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Boston University

BS, Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


My research interest lies in genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics. I have been working on methodology development related to gene-by-environment interaction analysis, high-dimensional mediation analysis, Mendelian Randomization, and integrative analysis of omics data. I am also a member of the Childhood Cancer Genomics Group, where I develop my recent interest in studying rare pediatric cancers. 


Genetics, association mapping, integrative analysis, gene-by-environment interactions, mediation analysis



Selected Publications

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Yang T, Tang H, Risch HA, Olson SH, Peterson G, Bracci PM, Gallinger S, Hung RJ, Neale RE, Scelo G, Duell EJ, Kurtz RC, Khaw KT, Severi G, Sund M, Wareham N, Amos CI, Li D, Wei P. "Incorporating multiple sets of eQTL weights into gene-by-environment interaction analysis identifies novel susceptibility loci for pancreatic cancer" Genet Epidemiol, 2020 Nov; 44(8):880-892

Yang T, Wei P, Pan W.  "Integrative Analysis Of Multi-Omics Data For Discovering Low-Frequency Variants Associated With Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels" Bioinformatics, 2020 Oct 18

Yang T, Wu C, Wei P, Pan W. " Integrating DNA sequencing and transcriptomic data for association analyses of low-frequency variants and lipid traits" Hum Mol Genet, 2020 Feb 1;29(3):515-526 

Yang T, Kim J, Wu C, Ma Y, Wei P, Pan W. " An adaptive test for meta-analysis of rare variant association studies" Genet Epidemiol, 2020 Jan;44(1):104-116

Yang T, Chen H, Tang H, Li D, Wei P. " A powerful and data-adaptive test for rare-variant-based gene-environment interaction analysis" Stat Med. 2019 Mar 30;38(7):1230-1244