About me

I'm an Associate Professor at University of Calgary, hosted by the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Additionally, I have a joint appointment in the Dept. of Medical Genetics and an adjunct appointment in the Dept. of Math and Stats (my website in math/stats). I am a member of Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute and Hotchkiss Brain Institute. 

I graduated from Peking University with a PhD in Applied Mathematics (majoring in software engineering). After graduation I worked in IBM Research as a Staff R&D Engineer for a year on reparation of programming errors leading to memory leak. Then I entered the wonderful biological world, starting by serving for path-finding genomics projects including human 1000 Genomes Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, plant 1001 Genomes Project at the Gregor Mendel Institute, and Genotype-Tissue Expression Project at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During the course, I have developed various computational and statistical tools for genetics and genomics.

Currently I am leading a research group to develop computational and statistical tools, focusing on genomic problems with high-dimensional features and low sample sizes. We are also interested in theoretical problems in machine learning. My works have been published in leading journals including Nature, Science, Nature Genet, Nature Comm, Mol Biol & Evol, Genetics, PLoS Genet, Bioinformatics, PLoS Comp Biol, and Genet Epidemiol. I served as a reviewer for established journals including Annals of Applied Statistics, Bioinformatics, Cell, Genome Biology, Journal of Statistical Computation & Simulation, Molecular Biology & Evolution, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, Nucleic Acids Research, PLoS Comp Biol, PLoS Genet, Science, Trends in Genetics.  

If you are interested in joining our group, please refer to my university website  for my brief biography and contacts. A more detailed CV of mine can be found in my Linked-in site.


Room 1151 (1173), Health Science Centre, Cumming School of Medicine

3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB  T2N 4N1, Canada