Haiyan Zheng

Research Associate (Statistician)

Population Health Sciences Institute


I have a strong interest and great enthusiasm for methodological research to improve the efficiency of clinical trials.

From 2015 to 2018, I was appointed as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow in the IDEAS network and meanwhile working on my PhD at Lancaster University. My PhD research was about Bayesian adaptive methods to incorporate preclinical data into phase I clinical trials, supervised by Dr Lisa Hampson and Prof Thomas Jaki.

I joined Newcastle University in October 2018, and am now working with Prof James Wason on Bayesian adaptive methods for basket trials.


Topics falling under the general remit of medical statistics are interesting to me. To be more specific, I find:

  1. Bayesian adaptive designs,
  2. early phase dose-finding trials, and
  3. data augmentation techniques for trials with a small sample size

particularly fascinating.

I am open to new collaborations with both academia and pharmaceutical industry – I am very much look forward to solving more problems relating to (but not limited to) the topics listed above.


I have been invited to deliver several tutorials:

  1. Statistical Methods for Design and Analysis of Precision Medicine Trials, 24-25th March 2020
  2. Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials in the Era of Precision Medicine, 6th October 2019
    • A pre-conference educational workshop at ICTMC 2019
  3. Bayesian Statistics with Applications in Clinical Trials, 5-6th September 2019