Peng Zhang, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
University of Michigan
3317B Medical Science Building 1
1150 W. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5677
Email: pczhang at med dot umich dot edu

Research Interests

I'm a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, the International Center for Automotive Medicine (ICAM), and the Morphomic Analysis Group (MAG) at the University of Michigan.

My primary research interest is to design personalized/individualized treatment decisions or strategies to improve both short- and long-term outcomes. We use "Analytic Morphomics" developed at ICAM to describe the heterogeneity among patients. Morphomics are much more granular information about individual geometry and tissue characteristics, including vertebral bone, core muscle size, bone mineral density, and body composition, which are obtained through anatomically indexing human body in 3D space from archival CT data using our developed patented software. Our recent work has shown that patient morphometric characteristics are much better clinical risk markers than the routine demographic information such as age, sex, and BMI.

Leveraging the power of morphomics, my work covers predictions on various medical outcomes, including injury severity scores in trauma, liver cirrhosis, rehabilitation, degradation of muscle/bone qualities, and post-surgical outcomes.

Education

B.S.
Mathematics
Peking University
2002
Ph.D.
Biostatistics
Harvard University
2007