Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Yijun Zhao

Associate Professor
Director of the MS in Data Science (MSDS) Program
Computer and Information Sciences Department
Fordham University


610E Lincoln Center
Phone: 212-636-7816
Email: yzhao11@fordham.edu


  • PhD in Computer Science, Tufts University
  • MS in Computer Science, University of Kansas
  • BS in Computer Science, Tianjin University


Dr. Zhao is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Fordham University. She also directs the Master of Data Science (MSDS) program at Fordham, where she leads the design and delivery of an effective curriculum to educate the next generation of data scientists. Dr. Zhao’s research interests include machine learning, data mining, and statistical pattern recognition. She supervises a team of graduate research assistants and collaborates with domain experts to develop novel computational models in real-world applications. These new methods creatively exploit unique circumstances associated with a given task to establish a sound theoretical footing and allow for more effective learning.

Prior to embarking on her academic career, Dr. Zhao worked in the financial industry for over 10 years in a wide variety of roles, starting as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC), a senior quantitative analyst at Wells Fargo Advisors, and ending as a quantitative trader at hedge funds Millennium Management LLC and Ronin Capital LLC.