Dr Jianhua Wu

Dr Jianhua Wu


Jianhua Wu obtained his BSc Honours in biostatistics from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2004 and a PhD in computational biology from the University of Warwick in 2008. He worked as a lead statistician at MRC Human Nutrition Research, the University of Cambridge from 2013-15 before joining the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Medical Statistics in June 2015. He was promoted to Associated Professor in 2018. His main research interests are statistical application in applied oral and health research; data mining, machine learning analysis and methodological development for electronic health record data; new design and analysis for clinical trials in oral research; chronic oral facial pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Multiple Sclerosis, GWAS study in oral health.



  • Statistical Lead for DentCRU
  • Deputy DREC Chair

Research interests

Statistical design, analysis and methodological development in clinical trials

Statistical data mining, linkage and methodological development for electronic health record data, particlularly focusing on cardiovascular disease and steroid toxicity

Machine learning and AI application related to medical research

Dental public health and epidemiology to link oral health with obesity and chronic systemic diseases

GWAS study in applied oral health research


  • BSc (Hons) Biostatistics
  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Warwick (2008)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of Royal Statistical Society
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society Grant Review Panel Member

Student education

Current PhD students:

  • Hanna Gul (co-supervisor)
  • Sana Alshahrani (co-supervisor)
  • Salama Khalfan Almahrugi (co-supervisor)
  • Eman Alseed (main supervisor)
  • Harriet Larvin (main supervisor)


Research groups and institutes

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1005-investigating-the-link-between-oral-health-and-cognitive-decline-using-mendelian-randomization-approach">Investigating the link between oral health and cognitive decline using Mendelian randomization approach</a></li>