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Assistant Professor

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care


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Division of Biostatistics


Dr. Maggie Wang obtained her Bachelor degree (honor) in Physics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and PhD degree in Statistics from ISOM department of HKUST. Dr. Wang joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as a Research Assistant Professor in 2011. From 2015 she is an Assistant Professor in the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care (SPHPC).  Dr. Wang was awarded the SH Ho Visiting Professorship Exchange Programme to Stanford University in 2016. She is the Principle Investigator of multiple research grants including the Hong Kong RGC-GRF, ITC, HMRF and NSFC.  Dr. Wang is the Assistant Director of the MSc Program of Epidemiology and Biostatistics since 2014.  She serves as Review Editor of the journal Human Genetics. She is a long term member, and currently the scientific program committee and communication committee member of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES).

Research Interest

  • Bioinformatics and statistical genetics: develop new statistical methods and algorithms that provide accurate measure for gene-gene or gene-environmental interactions effects, and incorporate interactions in disease classification problem. Representative publications: Bioinformatics 2017,2012; Nucleic Acids Research 2016

  • Infectious diseases genetic epidemiology: model the pattern of infectious disease epidemics at population level and genetic level, and model genetic sequence evolution. Representative publications:  Emerging Infectious diseases 2019, Journal of Infection 2015, 2016

  • Statistical collaborations: from genetic and biomedical data analysis to large multinational epidemiological data analysis. Representative publications: Microbiome 2020, Cancer Research 2016

Selected Publications 

  1. Xiaoxuan Xia, William K.K. Wu, Sunny H. Wong, Dabin Liu, Thomas N.Y. Kwong, Geicho Nakatsu, Pearlly S. Yan, Yu-Ming Chuang, Michael W.Y. Chan, Olabisi O. Coker, Zigui Chen, Yun K. Yeoh, Liuyang Zhao, Xiansong Wang, Wing Y. Cheng, Matthew T.V. Chan, Paul K.S. Chan, Joseph J.Y. Sung, Maggie H Wang*, Jun Yu* (2020) Bacteria pathogens drive host colonic epithelial cell promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes in colorectal cancer. Microbiome. IF=10.465, Rank 7/149 in Microbiology

  2. Maggie Haitian Wang*, Heather Cordell, Kristel Van Steen (2019) Statistical Methods for Genome-wide Association Studies. Review paper.   Seminars in Cancer Biology. 2019 April. IF = 10.198. Rank 13/223 in Oncology 

  3. Chan MC, Wang MH, Chen Z, Hui DS, Kwok AK, Yeung AC, Liu KM, Yeoh YK, Lee N, Chan PK. Frequent Genetic Mismatch between Vaccine Strains and Circulating Seasonal Influenza Viruses, Hong Kong, China, 1996–2012. Emerging infectious diseases. 2018 Oct;24(10):1825. IF = 7.422. Rank 4/88 in Infectious Disease   

  4. Maggie Haitian Wang*+, Haoyi Weng+, Rui Sun, Jack Lee, Ka Chun Chong, William K.K. Wu, Benny Chung-Ying Zee* (2017) A Zoom-Focus Algorithm (ZFA) to locate the optimal testing region for rare variant association tests. Bioinformatics.   IF=5.481. Rank 3/59 in Mathematics and Computational Biology

  5. Maggie Haitian Wang*+, Rui Sun+, Junfeng Guo, Haoyi Weng, Jack Lee, Inchi Hu, Pak Sham and Benny C.Y. Zee* (2016). A fast and powerful W-test for pairwise epistasis testing.  Nucleic Acids Research.  IF=11.561, Rank 10/293 in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Science

  6. Maggie Haitian Wang*, Billy Chang, Rui Sun, Inchi Hu, Marc Ka Chun Chong, Benny Chung-Ying Zee*(2017), A Stratified Polygenic Risk Prediction Model with Application on CAGI Bipolar Disorder Sequencing Data. Human Mutation.

  7. Rui Sun, Haoyi Weng, Inchi Hu, Junfeng Guo, William K.K. Wu, Benny Chung-Ying Zee, Maggie Haitian Wang* (2016) A W-test collapsing method for rare variant association testing in exome sequencing data. Genetic Epidemiology.  

  8. Maggie Haitian Wang+, Ka Chun Chong+, Hau Yin Chung, Malina Storer, John Pickering, Zoltan Endre, Steven Lau, Chloe Kwok, Maria Lai, Benny Zee (2016). Use of a Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator (LASSO) Model to Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) Analysis of Exhaled Breath to Predict the Efficacy of Dialysis. Journal of Breath Research 10 (2016) 046004. 

  9. Yaqing He, Linjie Zou, Marc Chong, Ruoting Men, Wenbo Xu, Hong Yang, Xiangjie Yao, Long Chen, Huixia Xian, Hailong Zhang, Min Luo, Jinquan Cheng, Hanwu Ma, Qianjin Feng, Yun Huang, Yujie Wang, Eng-kiong Yeoh, Benny Zee, Yuanping Zhou, Ming-Liang He and Maggie Haitian Wang* (2016) Genetic Evolution of Human Enterovirus A71 Subgenotype C4 in Shenzhen, China, 1998-2013. Journal of Infection. doi:10.1016/j.jinf.2016.03.014. 

  10. Maggie Haitian Wang, Shaw-Hwa Lo, Tian Zheng and Inchi Hu (2012) A Classification Method Incorporating Interactions among Variables for High-dimensional Data. Bioinformatics (2012) 28 (21): 2834-2842

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