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Dr. Lu (Eric) Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Before joining HKBU, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Computer Science and Pathology at Stanford University, supervised by Prof. Serafim Batzoglou and Prof. Arend Sidow. He received the MPhil degree from Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong and the PhD degree in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong in 2012 and 2016, respectively. In 2008, he received the B.Eng in Software Engineering from Tianjin University. During 2015, he was a visiting scholar in Department of Mathematics at UC Berkeley and worked with Stephen Smale. He has an interdisciplinary background in biology, statistics and computer science. His primary research interests are computational genomics, bioinformatics and machine learning. His team works specifically on developing computational tools to understand metagenome and human genome by linked-read and long-read sequencing and applying deep learning to genomics and single-cell RNA-seq data. His work has been published in several top-tier journals, such as PNAS, NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics, GigaScience, Nature Communications, Nature Genetics, Genome Biology, Bioinformatics, etc.

Research Interests

His primary research interests are computational genomics, bioinformatics and machine learning. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

18 Jun 201631 Jan 2019

Award Date: 31 Jan 2019

PhD student, City University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 201215 Feb 2016

Award Date: 15 Feb 2016

Mphil Student, The University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 201031 Aug 2012

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Undergraduate student, Tianjin University

1 Sept 200415 Jul 2008

Award Date: 15 Jul 2008


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Genomics


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