I am a principal investigator at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM), working on pharmacogenomics, part of the institute's personalized medicine initiative. My main expertise is bioinformatics, statistics, 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 Human 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 broad interests, Economist, NYT, HBR, Engadget, books about history, leadership1,2,3, economics/business 1,2, fictions1,2, or just anything1. I love riding longboard (Original Apex 34, Landyachtz Grom Race, Dinghy), snowboard, and surfing. Occasionally, I take out my little Ninja 250R for a spin or babysit dogs.