Yan Zhuang

Unlocking the Potential of Health Informatics

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Yan Zhuang (庄严), Ph.D.

Beijing, China

I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate in National Institute of Health Data Science at Peking University under the supervison of Prof. Luxia Zhang. I obtained both my bachelor and doctoral degrees at the University of Missouri - Columbia under the guidence of Prof. Chi-Ren Shyu. My dissertation is "Utilizing blockchain technology for clinical trial optimization". I will be joining the Department of Biohealth Informatics at Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis as an tenure-track assistant professor starting August 1st 2023.

My research primarily focuses on applied research into blockchain implementations in healthcare applications to address persistent challenges with patient privacy, data security, and data consistency as well as basic research into the technical challenges of blockchain as well as optimizing blockchain performance. My current research interests lie in Web 3.0 development and applications in healthcare, education, supply chain, insurance, and finance. I aspire to establish academic and industrial partnerships to advance research and benefit our real lives.

I love cooking, hiking, travelling, and spending time with my family. There is an old Chinese saying: reading ten thousand books is not as good as traveling ten thousand miles. I appreciate the masterpieces of nature and enjoy being immersed in various cultures.

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse. Jim Rohn

Blockchain Research Projects

Health Information Exchange

Decentralized transaction validation, data provenance, data sharing, and data integration facilitating patient-centric HIE.

Clinical Trial Management System

Sharable TMF system; fast recruitment system; a consistent EDC system; and a reproducible analytics system.

Patient Recruitment

Promote patient recruitment by protecting patient privacy, ensuring data security, and automated decentralized matching.

Edge Computing

Access control, privacy, and authentication to establish a secure, scalable, and distributed IoT platform.

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Places I have traveled Embrace life, inspire research


Work History

Upcoming Aug 2023
Assistant Professor

Department of BioHealth Informatics
Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Aug 2021 - Till Now
Postdoc Associate

National Institute of Health Data Science
Peking University

Nov 2021 - Nov 2022
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

Advanced Institute of Information Technology
Peking University

Education Background

Aug 2016 – May 2021
Ph.D. in Health Informatics

Institute for Data Science and Informatics
University of Missouri - Columbia

Aug 2014 – May 2016
B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Hons)

School of Engineering
University of Missouri - Columbia

Jan 2013 – May 2013
Exchange student

College of Information and Electrical Engineering
Feng Chia University

Aug 2011 – May 2014
B.S. in Communication Engineering

School of Information and Communication Engineering
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China


Full publication list can be found at my google scholar


. Self-sovereign identity empowered non-fungible patient tokenization for health information exchange using blockchain technology. In Computers in Biology and Medicine, 2023.

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. Re-engineering a Clinical Trial Management System Using Blockchain Technology: System Design, Development, and Case Studies. In Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2022.

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. Generalizable Layered Blockchain Architecture for Health Care Applications: Development, Case Studies, and Evaluation. In Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2020.

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. A Patient-Centric Health Information Exchange Framework Using Blockchain Technology. In IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2020.

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. Development of a blockchain framework for virtual clinical trials. In AMIA Annual Symposium, 2020.

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. Applying Blockchain Technology to Enhance Clinical Trial Recruitment. In AMIA Annual Symposium, 2019.

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. Applying Blockchain Technology for Health Information Exchange and Persistent Monitoring for Clinical Trials. In AMIA Annual Symposium, 2018.

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. A Hybrid Blockchain Design for Patient Recruitments and Persistent Monitoring for Clinical Trials. In IEEE Standards Association: Blockchain for clinical trials, 2018.

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. Contrast Mining for Pattern Discovery and Descriptive Analytics to Tailor Sub-Groups of Patients Using Big Data Solutions. In MEDINFO, 2017.

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Ideal candidates should possess a background or interest in areas such as blockchain, security, distributed computing, distributed AI, data management, or semantic web in healthcare applications.

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