Menggang Yu, PhD

Menggang Yu, PhD

Director, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core

Dr. Yu is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics. He has worked to develop the Biostatistics and Data Management Core for the Wisconsin HN SPORE grant and serves as its director. He also directs the Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) for the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC). For more than two years, he has worked very closely with the Wisconsin HN SPORE investigators. The project leaders, Drs. Harari, Lambert, Kimple, Wheeler and BSR have published three papers together since forming this collaboration. Since May 2014, he and the Core co-director Dr. Rick Chappell have conducted an introductory biostatistics lecture series for residents from the Department of Human Oncology at the request of Dr. Harari. Along with Drs. Chappell and Michael Newton, Dr. Yu will apply his collective expertise enthusiastically as the director of the Stats Core for the Wisconsin HN SPORE.

Dr. Yu has served as the lead statistician for more than 30 oncology clinical trials. Most of these trials were conducted by the Hoosier Cancer Research Network in Indiana, where he served as the Biostatistics and Clinical Data Management director from 2008 until 2011 and as a senior biostatistician from 2006 until 2008. For all these trials, he was actively involved from the inception of the study until the final analysis. Dr. Yu supervised clinical data managers and master’s level biostatisticians to ensure quality of data and related analysis and interacted directly with clinicians and project managers for all data management and statistical issues arising from these trials. He also has strong experience as a statistician for basic, translational and population science projects in cancer. He was recently awarded a methodology grant from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) to study innovative scoring methods for matching complex patients to available treatments.


PhD, University of Michigan, Biostatistics (2003)

MS, Bowling Green State University, Statistics (1999)

BA, Fudan University, P. R. China, Mathematics (1996)

Academic Appointments

Director, Biostatistics Shared Resource, UW Carbone Cancer Center (2012-pres.)

Professor, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (2016)

Associate Professor, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (2012)

Selected Honors and Awards

2014 Best reviewer of 2013, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

2014 Co-Advisor to Yaoyao Xu, winner of the John Van Ryzin Award, ENAR, IBS

2004 Student Paper Competition Award, ENAR, International Biometric Society

Boards, Advisory Committees and Professional Organizations

2014-pres. Associate Editor: Biometrics

2013-pres. Co-chair: UWCCC protocol monitoring and review committee (PRMC)

2009-pres. Member of the International Chinese Statistical Association

2002-pres. Member of the American Statistical Association

2002-pres. Member of the International Biometric Society, Eastern North American Region (ENAR)

Contact Information

Menggang Yu, PhD

600 Highland Avenue, K6/436 CSC,
Madison, WI 53792