Hanchao Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate
Grossman School of Medicine,
New York University

180 Madision Ave, Suite 5-31C, New York, NY 10016


About Me

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at New York University, working under the mentorship of Prof. Thaddeus Tarpey. My research involves developing statistical models that cater to high-dimensional complex data, such as functional and imaging data. This endeavor confronts two main challenges: First, how to define a metric with self-consistent property to cluster a population into subgroups, based on rich and complex tensor data for each individual. Second, how to develop a semi-supervised clustering algorithm, directed by a specific label, to accurately identify subgroups that align closely with a target subgroup of interest.

In the summer of 2022, I had the opportunity to work as a Research Data Scientist Intern at Google, where I applied my statistical skills to real-world problems. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, I completed my master’s degree in Biostatistics and Data Science from Cornell University advised by Prof. Iván Díaz.

Outside of academia, I began my journey as a professional swimmer at the age of 5 and went on to achieve several regional and national championships. I’m also passionate about Chinese calligraphy, and my artwork has been exhibited in top galleries and museums including the National Art Museum of China (Beijing). In addition, I am also interested in oil painting, and aeromodelling.

Research Interests


Publications and Projects

  1. arXiv
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    arXiv (arXiv), Jun. 2023.
  2. arXiv
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    arXiv (arXiv), Jun. 2024.
  3. AHI
    Stephanie Hicks, Leah Jager, Margaret Taub, Carrie Wright, John Muschelli, Lyla Atta, Michael Breshock, Qier Meng, Alexandra Stephens, Hanchao Zhang, and etc.
    the Johns Hopkins University, and Bloomberg American Health Initiative.


  1. JSM
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    the Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM), 2024, Portland, OR.

  2. TTHS
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium (TTHS), Harvard University, 2023, Cambridge, MA.

  3. ENAR
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    the International Biometric Society Eastern North American Region (ENAR), 2023, Nashville, TN.

  4. FDAWG
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    the Functional Data Analysis Working Group (FDAWG), Columbia University, 2022, New York, NY.

  5. JSM
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    the Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM), 2022, Washington, D.C.

  6. JSM
    Hanchao Zhang, Thaddeus Tarpey
    the Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM), 2021, Online.



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