My main expertise is bioinformatics and population genetics. Check here for formal CV.
I completed my PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at USC, Oct 2010, under the supervision of Magnus Nordborg, working primarily on association mapping and population genetics in Arabidopsis thaliana. I did a three-and-half-year PostDoc with Prof. Nelson Freimer at Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, UCLA (Nov 2010-Mar 2014), worked on population genetics and trait mapping (pedigree or population) in vervet monkeys, analyzing the whole-genome DNA sequences from >700 monkeys of a vervet pedigree and >100 wild population monkeys. Before pursuing my PhD under Magnus, I had worked on the topic of gene function/network inference from gene expression data through graph theory. In July 2003, I received BSc in Biology from Fudan University. Biology turned out to be a tough choice given my interest is in more quantitative science (maths, physics, computer science). Fortunately, bioinformatics was around the corner (ushered in by the completion of human genome project). I graduated from an obscure high school in Shanghai, Chuansha High School. Chuansha was where my family is rooted for generations and it vanished in 1991 when it was re-branded as Pudong New Area.
In my spare time, I read lavishly to satiate my wide range of interests, Economist, NYT, HBR, Engadget, books about history, leadership1,2,3, economics/business 1,2, fictions1,2, or just anything1. I enjoy swimming, riding Original Apex 34, Landyachtz Grom Race, snowboard, and surfing. Occasionally, I take out my little Ninja 250R for a spin or babysit dogs.
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Affiliation Illumina Inc. San Diego, CA
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