Dr. Zhang joined WSU as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Since then, he has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and updated and released five computing software packages. His novel ideas have resulted in 10 awards and grants, totaling to over $1M for his lab and $6M for his collaborative research. Dr. Zhang developed a graduate-level course, Statistical Genomics, which he has taught for three semesters with outstanding evaluations. His contributions in research and teaching have positioned WSU as one of the leading institutions in the development of statistical methods and computing tools for gene mapping and molecular breeding. He has served in many roles, including grant proposal and journal article reviewer, academic journal editor, workshop organizer, and invited speaker in multiple countries. Since 2015, he has received the Washington Grain Commission Endowment for Distinguished Professorship. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and postdoctoral training at Cornell University.