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I have moved to the University of Kansas and will host my website HERE.

I recieved Ph.D and MS. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. I graduated under the direction of Dr. Shaojie Zhang. Currently I work as a post-doctoral fellow in the Informatics team at the J. Craig Venter Institute with Dr. Shibu Yooseph. My research focues are algoritm design, non-coding RNAs, genomics and next-generation sequencing technology.

Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are gaining more and more research focuses nowadays, as their amazing and versatile cellular functions are being discovered. I am especially interested in developing computational approaches to solve a variety of biological problems related with ncRNAs. Applications include de novo ncRNA identification, structure comparison, 3D structure analysis and modeling, and whole-genome profiling and functional classification of ncRNAs. I am also excited about the biological discoveries we have made. We found a recurrent RNA structural fragment that interact with ribosomal proteins from both bacterial 16S and 23S ribosomal RNAs, and suggested its potential impacts in ribosomal assembly. We also discovered a ncRNA element in D melanogaster, which locates at the 3'UTR of a cluster of genes and regulates their localization to facilitate spermatogenesis.

You are welcome to visit the homepage of our Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Group (CBB), and the homepage of our collaborator Dr. Ranjan Perera (Scientific Director of Analytical Genomics and Bioinformatics at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute) to find out more useful information.

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