Dr. Wanzhu Tu is an applied statistician. He is interested in modeling biological processes that underlie the pathophysiology of common diseases, such as hypertension. His statistical methodological research is mostly in the areas of nonparametric and semiparamertric models.
He has developed a new set of semiparametric modeling techniques for the dissemination of multiple nonlinear and interacting influences of factors in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) on blood pressure. His research team has generated a number of important findings that characterize a unique pathophysiology of hypertension in African Americans. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association.