Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen, PhD


Titles and Roles

Associate Research Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Associate Research Professor, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Shared Resource
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Chen also has secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. As a faculty biostatistician, he provides comprehensive statistical services to the investigators of the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University and the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. He is a member of the Discovery and Developmental research program at Winship.


Dr. Chen received his PhD in Biostatistics from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA in 2008. He received a BS in Microbiology and a MS in Biochemistry from Peking University, China.


Dr. Chen's current methodological research is to advance the practice of clinical trials by enhancing the designs for early phase clinical trials and providing user-friendly statistical software. He is recognized as an outstanding methodologist in the adaptive and sequential approaches for clinical trials and others.


Dr. Chen is the Guest Editor of the Journal of Probability and Statistics. He not only has designed many successful studies, including pre-clinical experiments, Phase I, II, and III clinical trials, but also has extensive experience in data analysis and manuscript preparation as evidenced by his over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

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