Zhumin Zhang, MS, PhD, a biostatistician II in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 10, 2022. She was a highly valued member of the department and she will be missed.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Chen Ding, and her son. Zhumin doted on her son and supported him in pursuing all his interests, including golf, which is his particular passion.
She was a skilled and highly collaborative epidemiologist and biostatistician, with particular expertise and interest in the fields of epidemiology, nutrition, cystic fibrosis, and chronic pediatric diseases.
Zhumin earned multiple advanced degrees at UW-Madison, including masters degrees in biometry and statistics, and a PhD in nutritional sciences.
Her professional accomplishments are impressive. She served as lead statistician and co-investigator on several sponsored projects. She co-authored more than 60 journal articles, 2 book chapters, and more than 35 meeting abstracts, often as the first author or corresponding author. Many of these attracted national recognition and changed the clinical practice for treating cystic fibrosis. She was also a reviewer and member of the editorial board for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
She contributed significantly to research on children’s disease. Her current projects were:
- NIH-funded Children’s Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup (CREW) with Professors James Gern and Ron Gangnon
- Cancer Prevention Clinical trials Network (CP-CTNet) Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMACC) with Professor KyungMann Kim.
Her roles on these projects were varied.
Her work with Dr. Kim and the DMACC focused on quality assurance, preparation, and transfer of limited data sets for the Cancer Prevention Clinical trials Network.
The CREW study group worked together to identify the projects that need support and decide whose skills and availability best met the need of he project. She also prepared data for any CREW consortium requests provided analytic support for the UW PIs that participate in the project. At the time of her death, Zhumin was working on food allergy analyses.
She was also actively involved the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium (PCCTC) with Professors Glenn Liu and Mark Ritter.
Zhumin was an amazing person and we will miss her.
The visitation and funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 29, at Cress Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3325 E. Washington Ave.
The visitation begins at 1 pm and the funeral service is at 3 pm.
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