The Hu Lab

Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics


We thank the following organizations for generously funding our research projects.



Featured NSERC CREATE Graduate Training Program in Visual and Automated Disease Analytics (VADA)

We are looking for graduate students with computer science and / or (bio)statistics background to join the program

2017 May – 2023 Apr   

Funding agency: NSERC, Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program

Principal Investigators: IRANI, Pourang; LIX, Lisa; BORYCKI, Elizabeth; KUSHNIRUK, Andre
Co-Investigators: ARINO, Julien; HU, Pingzhao; THOMO, Alex; TZANETAKIS, George;

van DOMESELAAR, Gary; KOBAYASHI, Karen, LEBOE-MCGOWAN, Jason



Principal Investigator


2015 Apr – 2020 Mar   
Funding agency: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Discovery Grant
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao


2017 Oct – 2019 Sep  
Funding agency: The Western Canadian Universities, Collaborative Project Seed Funding
Principal Investigators: Hu, Pingzhao
Co-Investigators: Charles Bernstein, Longhai Li, Linglong Kong, Svetlana Frenkel


2017 Jun – 2019 May   
Funding agency: Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, Operating Grant
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao
Co-Investigator: EI-MATARY, Wael; BERNSTEIN, Charles

2017 May – 2019 Apr   
Funding agency: Graduate Enhancement of Tri-council Stipends (GETS) Program, University of Manitoba
Principal Investigator:
HU, Pingzhao


2015 Sep – 2018 Aug  

Funding agency: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region, Research Grants
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao


2017 Feb – 2018 Feb
Funding agency: University of Manitoba,
University Research Grants Program (URGP)
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao


2016 Sep – 2017 Dec  

Funding agency: Mitacs, Accelerate Program
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao

Co-Principal Investigator: BERNSTEIN, Charles

2015 Sep – 2017 Aug  
Funding agency: Health Sciences Centre Foundation (HSCF), General Operating Grants
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao
Co-Principal Investigator: BERNSTEIN, Charles
Co-Investigators: SPRIGGS, Beth

 
2014 Aug – 2017 Jul  
Funding agency: Manitoba Research Health Council, Establishment Grant
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao 
                


2016 Jun – 2017 Mar   
Funding agency: Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan), Global Collaboration Project FY2016
Principal Investigator (Japan): Md. Altaf-Ul-Amin
Co-Investigator (Japan): SATO, Tetsuo
Co-Principal Investigator (Canada): HU, Pingzhao


2014 Feb – 2017 Feb
Funding agency: University of Manitoba, Research Start-up Fund
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao


2015 Apr – 2016 Mar
Funding agency: Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF), Operating Grant
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao


2015 Feb – 2016 Feb
Funding agency: Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
"Interdisciplinary / New Directions Research Collaboration Initiation" Program 
Principal Investigator: WANG, Yang
Co-Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao

2015 Jan – 2016 Jan
Funding agency: University of Manitoba, University Research Grants Program (URGP)
Principal Investigator: HU, Pingzhao

Co-Investigator



2017 Apr – 2020 Mar          
Title: Manitoba Statistical and Health Sciences (MB-SAHS) Collaborating Centre
Funding agency: Canadian Statistical Sciences Institutes
Principal Investigator: LIX, Lisa
Co-Investigators: ACAR, Elif; HU, Pingzhao; JAZARI, Mohammad Jofani; TORABI, Mahmoud


2017 Feb – 2019 Feb  
        
Title: Prediction of novelty and mode of action of natural antibacterial compounds by machine learning.
Funding agency: University of Manitoba, University Collaborative Research Program (UCRP).
Principal Investigator: SILVIA, Cardona
Co-Investigators: HU, Pingzhao; DAVIS, Rebecca

 
2016 Jul – 2017 Jun   

Title: Epigenetic mechanisms and association with septo-optic dyslplasia: a pilot project

Funding agency: Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, DEVOTION – Catalyst Grant
Principal Investigator: RODD, Celia; WICKLOW, Brandy
Co-Investigators: MHANNI; Aziz; HU, Pingzhao


2015 May – 2016 Apr   

Title: Epigenetic profiling in severe sepsis – (EPSIS)
Funding agency: McLaughlin Centre, University of Toronto, Accelerator grant in genomic medicine
Principal Investigator: DOS SANTOS, Claudia
Co-Investigators: TSANG, Jennifer; BINNIE Alexandra; LIAW Patricia; HU, Pingzhao; CASTELO-BRANCO, Pedro


2015 Apr – 2016 Mar  

Title: Immunogenetic markers of extreme clinical phenotypes of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder: a pilot project.
Funding agency: Enduring Hearts Inc., USA, Operating Grant
Principal Investigator: ALLEN, Upton           
Co-Investigators: DIPCHAND, Anne; NG, Vicky; HU, Pingzhao; BEYENE, Joseph; PREIKSAITIS, Jutta; GRUNEBAUM, Eyal; LEVINGS Megan

2014 Jul – 2016 Jun   
Title: Deciphering DNA methylome in metastatic prostate cancer Funding agency: Prostate Cancer Canada, Movember Discovery Grants
Principal Investigator: BAPAT, Bharati
Co-Investigators: JOSHUA, Anthony; FLESHNER, Neil; BADER, Gary; HU, Pingzhao

2014 May – 2015 May
Title: Early detection of lung cancer using next generation sequencing technology Funding agency: McLaughlin Centre of University of Toronto, Accelerator grant in genomic medicine
Principal Investigator: LIU, Geoffrey
Co-principal Investigators: XU, Wei
Co-Investigators: HUNG, Rayjean; HU, Pingzhao


Awards received by PI


CIHR IG New Principal Investigator 14 Meeting
Dr. Hu was invited and support to attend CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG) New Principal Investigator 14 meeting
Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG)


Careers in Cancer Research Development Program (CCRDP) New Principal Investigator Award
Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR)
Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI), July 2015

Visiting Scientific Researcher Travel Award

Thematic Program on Statistical Inference, Learning and Models for Big Data
The Fields Institute, Toronto, February 2015

Junior Investigator Grant Panel Travel Award
Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI), October 2014


Awards received by trainees

International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)
University of Manitoba, September 2017
Nikta Feizi received IGSES award.


International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)
University of Manitoba, September 2017
Rayhan Shikder received IGSES award.


2016-2017 BGEN Seminar Winner
Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, July 2017
Chen Chi was awarded 2016-2017 BGEN Seminar Winner (3rd place).


Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Travel Award
Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba, May 2017
Md. Mohaiminul Islam received Faculty of Graduate Studies travel award.


Faculty of Science and Department of Computer Science Travel Award
Faculty of Science and Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba, May 2017
Md. Mohaiminul Islam received Faculty of Science and Department of Computer Science Travel Award.


Poster of Distinction at Digestive Disease Week (DDW)

Svetlana won the “Poster of Distinction” award at American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) Digestive Disease Week (May 6-, 2017), Chicago for her research "Rare copy number variations associated with inflammatory bowel disease". This poster was rated in the top 10% of all AGA abstracts selected for poster presentation at DDW.


International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)
University of Manitoba, May 2017
Qian Liu received IGSES award.


GAW20 Travel Award
Genetic Analysis Workshop 20, San Diego, CA, USA, January 2017 

Ye Tian received a travel award to attend and present results in GAW20.


CIHR Travel Award
Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, October  2016
Chen Chi received CIHR Travel Award.


Phyllis J. McAlpine Graduate Fellowship

Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, September  2016

Chen Chi received Phyllis J. McAlpine Graduate Fellowship.


2015-2016 BGEN Seminar Winner

Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, September 2016

Chen Chi was awarded 2015-2016 BGEN Seminar Winner.


Manitoba Graduate Scholarship

The Government of Manitoba, September 2016

Md. Mohaiminul Islam received 2016 Manitoba Graduate Scholarship


International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)
University of Manitoba, September 2016
Jiaying You received IGSES award.


2016 Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research – Semifinalist
Chen Chi was ranked into seminfinalist (60 of 490 international applicants) of 2016 Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award from The American Society of Human Genetics.

The 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics Travel Award
Chen Chi received a Travel Award from the 66th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics.


Mindel and Tom Olenick Research Studentship in Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, May 2016
Chen Chi received Mindel and Tom Olenick Research Studentship in Medicine.


Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Travel Award

Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba, May 2016
Chen Chi received Faculty of Graduate Studies travel award.


Presentation on Edge of Science and Medicine
Kaiqiong was selected as one of the four student speakers at Edge of Science and Medicine Seminar Series at Faculty of Health Sciences.


Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Award

Mitacs, December 2015
Linfan Zhang. Undergraduate Student in Statistics, Zheiiang University, China
.


International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)
University of Manitoba, September 2015
Rasif Ajwad received IGSES award.


Computational Biology Undergraduate Summer Student Health Research Award

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), March 2015

Jessica Bondoc, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Manitoba


Globalink Research  Internship Award

Mitacs, December 2014

Masami Ando Kuri, Genome Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM


Globalink Research  Internship Award

Mitacs, December 2014

Xiaohui Ding, Mathematics and Statistics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology


International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)
University of Manitoba, September 2014
Kaiqiong Zhao received IGSES award.