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, machine learning, big data analytics, dynamic systems modeling, algorithms development, comparative genomics, information security and privacy, and high performance computing.
Dr. Zhou serves as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, and a paper reviewer for numerous journals including Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics, PLoS ONE, Gene, Computational Biology and Chemistry, 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 is a task leader in the current Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) project on Information and Communication Technology Access at Pitt. The major goal of this task is to develop highly secure, accessible, and cross-platform mobile apps for people with various types of disabilities. Dr. Zhou is 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 this task is to investigate security and privacy issues in health IT systems. Dr. Zhou has also created a machine learning algorithm to identify patterns in a large-scale sleep study and conducting 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 a NSF grant for creating integrated curriculum on Security Assured Health Informatics. Dr. Zhou is also a member of the Genomics Education Partnership. This partnership encourages faculty members to integrate genomics research into undergraduate courses so that undergraduate students have the opportunities of conducting novel scientific research.
View a list of Dr. Zhou’s publications here.