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Principal Investigator

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Kaifu Chen, PhD

07/2018 - Present: Associate Member in Bioinformatics
07/2018 - Present: Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
07/2015 -06/2018: Assistant Member in Bioinformatics
Houston Methodist Research Institute, The Methodist Hospital System

07/2018 - Present: Associate Professor in Bioinformatics
07/2015 - 06/2018: Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

12/2013-06/2015: Instructor in Bioinformatics
09/2009-11/2013: Postdoctoral Associate in Bioinformatics
Dan L. Duncan 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)
Physics college, Nankai University



Postdoctoral Fellow


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Min Zhang, Ph.D.

8/2018 ~ Present


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.







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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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Yiwen Bu, Ph.D.

5/2018 ~ Present

Yiwen received a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the Southern Illinois University Simmons Cancer institute, and is a master in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Her researches in the past include elucidating the role of Endoplasmic Reticulum stress associated noncoding RNAs in disrupting cell circadian rhythms, and thus promoting cancer cell survival (Bu et al. Nature Cell Biology, 2018).







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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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Bo Xia, Ph.D.

11/2016 ~ Present

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.







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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.







Joint Mentoring


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Chongming Jiang, Ph.D.

8/2017 ~ Present (co-mentoring with Rongfu Wang, PhD)

Chongming received a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics from the Zhongshan University. His researches in the past include developing bioinformatics algorithms for the discovery of optimal target peptides for cancer immunotherapy







Visiting scholar


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Na Lei, Ph.D.

12/2017 ~ 12/2018

Na is currently an Associate Professor in the Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangdong, China.

She have a PhD. in Pharmacology from the Southern Medical University, Guangdong, China. As a clinical physician and associate professor, she have received 6 major grants and published 10 research articles and 3 books.







Lab Alumni


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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.















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