The National Institutes of Health have selected Dr. Justin Zhan to participate in the Early Career Reviewer program of the Center for Scientific Review.  Zhan is an associate professor of computer science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 

The center evaluates NIH research grant applications through peer review groups.  The Early Career Reviewer program provides review experience to qualified scientists who haven’t previously had the opportunity to participate.  This experience also benefits researchers in developing grant applications for their own research. 

The program was launched last year.  Background on the program and information on how researchers can apply are available at

Zhan’s research interests include information assurance and cyber security, social computing,  social behavior modeling, and biomedical computing. He is the director of the iLab in the Department of Computer Science, which facilitates problem-driven interdisciplinary research on human-natural systems.

He has previously been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Center for the Protection of Financial Infrastructure at South Dakota State University. He is editor-in-chief of two scholarly journals, the International Journal of Privacy, Security and Integrity, and the International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems.

The NIH peer review process is designed to ensure that grant applications are evaluated through a process that is fair, equitable, timely, and free of bias. A two-level peer review system is mandated by federal law.  Initial reviews are conducted primarily by non-federal scientists with expertise in relevant scientific disciplines and current research. The second level of review is performed by the national advisory councils or board of NIH institutes and centers.