NIST logo
Bookmark and Share

Zhan-Qian "John" Lu

John Lu has been a mathematical statistician at NIST since 2001. His main research activity has been collaborating with other discipline scientists  to address various measurement science problems arising from physical, phantom, or medical products.

Technical Areas of Research and Consulting:

  • Quantitative medical imaging (e.g. tomography-based CT)
  • Mobile device for 3d optical imaging and 3d topography
  • Functional data analysis and statistics
  • Bayesian statistical applications
  • Collaborative research, applications of statistics to materials science, physical sciences, biosciences and information technology

Professional Activities and Societies and Standards Activities:

  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Life Member
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Member




Mathematical Statistician
Statistical Engineering Division

Employment History:

  • 2001-present: Mathematical Statistician, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD.
  • 1999-2001: Research Scientist, MathSoft/Insightful Inc., Seattle, Washington.
  • 1997-1998: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, HKUST, Hong Kong, PRC
  • 1995-1997: Visiting Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Statistics Project, NCAR, Boulder, CO.  



  • B.S. (Mathematics, Specialization Class of Statistics and Probability), Peking University, 1986
  • M.S. (Statistics), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1992
  • Ph.D (Statistics), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994

Phone: 301-975-3208
Fax: 301-975-3144