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Principal Investigator

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Kaifu Chen, Ph.D.

11/2020 - : Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
11/2020 - : Director, Computational Biology Program
Basic and Translational Research Division
Department of Cardiology
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

07/2018 - 10/2020: Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
07/2018 - 10/2020: Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
07/2015 - 06/2018: Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics
Center For Cardiovascular Regeneration
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

12/2013-06/2015: Instructor of Bioinformatics
09/2009-11/2013: Postdoctoral Associate in Bioinformatics
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine

09/2004 - 08/2009: Ph.D. in Genomics
Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jointly worked for BGI (2005-2008) and KACST (2008-2009)

09/2000 - 07/2004: B.S. in Applied Physics (Biophysics)
School of Physics, Nankai University



Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Associate


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Yanchun Zhang, Ph.D.

01/2020 ~ Present
Yanchun received his Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Biology (Bioinformatics) from the Nanjing University (China). He has extensive experiences with Bioinformatics researches in the area of Population and pedigree based studies of genomic variations.







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Xinlei Gao, Ph.D.

01/2020 ~ Present
Xinlei received a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Science and Technology of China. Before that, she has a Bachelor degree in Biology also in the University of Science and Technology of China. Her major research interest is the role of epigenetic regulation of transcription and translation.









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Shuo Zhang, Ph.D.

9/2019 ~ Present
Shuo received a Ph.D. degree in Ecology and Evolutionary biology from the University of Houston in the laboratory of Dr. Erin Kelleher. Before that, he has a Bachelor degree in Biology from Yunnan University. His major research interest is the role of epigenetic regulation in cardiovascular diseases.









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Xin Wang, Ph.D.

12/2018 ~ Present
Xin received a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia). Before that,he has a Master degree in Genomics from the Beijing Institute of Genomics in Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has a Bachelor degree in Biology in China Agricultural University. His major research interest is to understand the genetic basis of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.





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Yanqiang Li, Ph.D.

7/2018 ~ Present

Yanqiang received a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics from the Shanghai Institute for Biology Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and a M.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences. His major research interest is the epigenetic regulation of transcription in normal development and diseases.






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Guangyu Wang, Ph.D.

9/2017 ~ Present

Guangyu received a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics from the Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His researches in the past include developing statistical framework and bioinformatics tools for epigenomic data analysis..







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Jie Lv, Ph.D.

11/2015 ~ Present

Jie received a Ph.D. degree in Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, with a dissertation focusing on evolution of genome organization. His background includes a Master's degree in bioinformatics and a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology.







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Dongyu Zhao, Ph.D.

10/2015 ~ Present

Dongyu graduated with a PhD. in Genomics from Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. His dissertation is focused on developing bioinformatics tools for interpretation of high throughput genomic data. His background includes a Master's degree in bioinformatics and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.







Co-Mentoring


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Min Zhang, Ph.D. (Zhang Lab)

8/2018 ~ Present (co-mentoring with Lili Zhang, PhD)
Min received a Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology from the National Laboratory for Microscale Physical Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China. Before that,she has a Bachelor degree in Biological Engineering from the renowned Xiamen University in China. Her major research interest is cancer stem cell. Her discoveries in the past include a pivotal role of secreted proteins in cancer progression, critical role of microRNA miR-96-182-183 in cancer metastasis, and novel nanomaterial for anti-cancer therapeutics.








Lab Alumni


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Bo Xia, Ph.D.

11/2016 ~ 12/2019

Xia received a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Clemson University, and is a master in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. His researches in the past include discovering cancer driver genes for breast cancer, and defining the catalytic mechanisms of epigenetic enzymes. He also developed computational tools for sequencing data analysis. After staying in the lab for 3 years, Bo has to moved to Canada due to limitation of his Canadian Permanent Residency and thus join Zymoworks,a publicly held biotechnology company that held an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange.





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Yiwen Bu, Ph.D.

5/2018 ~ 04/2019

Yiwen was a PhD in Biology. After doing bioinformatics research in the lab for 1 year, she decided to persue a Master degree in Computer Sciences at Georgia Tech.








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Alin S. Tomoiaga, Ph.D.

09/2015 ~ 01/2017

After finishing postdoc training for 1.5 year in Chen lab, Alin became a tenure track Assistant Professor of Statistics at the Manhattan College.

Before joining Chen lab, Alin graduated with a PhD degree from Texas Tech University, where he defended his dissertation focused on statistical models applied to genomic pathway analysis. His background includes a Mathematics Master's degree on clinical trials simulations and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.







Co-mentoring Alumni

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Sen Zhu, Ph.D. (Zhang Lab)

5/2019 ~ Present (co-mentoring with Lili Zhang, PhD)
Sen received a Ph.D. degree in Biology from the Peking (Beijing) University. His major research interest is Cardiovascular Biology and Cancer Research.























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