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

My research interests are broadly involved in the development of statistical and computational methods for the (genetic) improvement of populations through more accurate, efficient, and biologically meaningful analysis. I have focused on the use of phenomics, genomics, pedigree and other sources of big data in various species to better predict desired traits. These endeavours include theoretical aspects of quantitative genetics including statistical models and computational algorithms (e.g., genomic prediction; genome-wide association studies), the development of software tools to apply these methods to real-life large phenomic and genomic data, and the application of the software to data sets in routine analysis for a wide range of traits in various species.

Graduate Groups

Courses Taught

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