Leming Zhou, PhD, DSc

Dr. Leming Zhou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Information Management of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and in the Department of Bioengineering of the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Zhou earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. He earned his Master’s in Computer Science, his PhD in Physics, and his DSc in Computer Science, all from the George Washington University. Dr. Zhou’s research interests include health IT system development and evaluation, machine learning, big data analytics, dynamic systems modeling, algorithms development, comparative genomics, and information security and privacy.

Dr. Zhou served as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at Pitt, and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at Pitt, and a paper reviewer for numerous journals including: Bioinformatics, BMJ Open, PLoS ONE, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Behaviour & Information Technology, Chinese Medicine, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in BioMedicine, Journal of Medical Internet Research, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Journal of Supercomputing, IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience, and many others.

Dr. Zhou was a task leader in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) project on Information and Communication Technology Access at Pitt. The major goal of this task was to develop highly secure, accessible, and cross-platform mobile apps for people with various types of disabilities. Dr. Zhou was also a co-investigator in a different task of the same RERC project supported by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The major goal of that task was to investigate security and privacy issues in health IT systems. Dr. Zhou is working as a collaborator in one NIH-funded project to perform various types of data analysis. Dr. Zhou has also created a machine-learning algorithm to identify patterns in a large-scale sleep study and conducted a computational modeling project on osteoporosis.

Dr. Zhou has been involved in several teaching innovations. With grant funding support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), he led the development of a new undergraduate health science education program, including six new courses and new teaching strategies. He was a Co-PI in an NSF grant for creating integrated curriculum on Security Assured Health Informatics.

View a list of Dr. Zhou’s publications here.