Hao Cheng, Ph.D.

Hao Cheng

Position Title
Assistant Professor

2239 Meyer Hall


  • B.S., China Agricultural University, 2011 (Genetics)
  • Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2017 (Genetics and Statistics (co-major))

Research Interests

Development of statistical methods and computational algorithms for quantitative and statistical genetics, including genomic prediction and genome-wide association studies. Development of software tools for whole-genome analyses. Statistical models for –omic data.

Graduate Groups

Courses Taught

  • Genetics and Animal Breeding (ANG 107)
  • Applied Statistics in Agricultural Science (PLS 120)

Selected Publications

Fernando, R. L., Cheng, H., Sun, X. 2017. A comparison of identity-by-descent and identity-by- state matrices that are used for genetic evaluation and estimation of variance components, Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, 2017;134:213-223. 

Lee, J., Cheng, H.*, Garrick, D., Golden, B., Dekkers, J., Park, K., Lee, D, Fernando, R. 2017. Comparison of alternative approaches to single-trait genomic prediction using genotyped and non- genotyped Hanwoo beef cattle. Genetics Selection Evolution 49 (1), 2. (*co-first author) 

Cheng, H., Garrick, D. J., Fernando, R. L. 2017. Efficient strategies for leave-one-out cross vali- dation for genomic best linear unbiased prediction. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, 8(1), 1819. 

Karaman, E., Cheng, H., Firat, M., Garrick, D. J., Fernando, R. L. 2016. An upper bound for ac- curacy of prediction using GBLUP. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0161054. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161054 

Fernando, R.L., Cheng, H., Golden, B.L., Garrick, D.J. 2016. Computational strategies for alter- native single-step Bayesian regression models with large numbers of genotyped and non-genotyped animals. Genetics Selection Evolution 48 (1), 96. 

Fernando, R. L., Cheng, H., Garrick, D. J. 2016. An efficient exact method to obtain GBLUP and single-step GBLUP when the genomic relationship matrix is singular. Genetics Selection Evolution 48:80. 

Cheng, H., D.J. Garrick, R.L. Fernando. 2015. XSim: Simulation of descendants from ancestors with sequence data. G3—Genes, Genomes, Genetics, doi:10.1534/g3.115.016683 

Cheng, H., L. Qu, D.J. Garrick, R.L. Fernando. 2015. A fast and efficient Gibbs sampler for BayesB in whole genome analyses. Genetics Selection Evolution 47:80.