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  Zhiping Weng

Zhiping Weng, PhD

Director, Program in Bioinformatics & Integrative Biology

With two engineering degrees (BS in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering), I love to make things work better. I spend all my time writing grants and papers, teaching, and running Zlab. I am confident that one day I will figure out how to write a computer program to do all of the above.

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Tel: 508-856-8866

  Jill Moore

Jill Moore, PhD

ENCODE DAC Project Manager

I am currently the Project Manager for the ENCODE Data Analysis Center. In 2012, I received my BS in Applied Mathematics with minors in Biology and Chemistry from UMass Amherst. I've been a member of ZLab since starting my PhD, which I received in 2017. My research has focused on the large scale integration of genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic datasets to better understand gene regulation, particularly in the context of human disease.

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  Greg Andrews

Greg Andrews

PhD Student

I received my B.A.s in Chemistry and Mathematics from Boston University in 2012. I am currently interested in the application of machine learning, particularly deep learning, to study transcription factor binding.

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  Tyler Borrman

Tyler Borrman

PhD Student

I received my BS in Applied Mathematics from San Francisco State University. My research interests include antigen prediction for T cells and unraveling the 3D architecture of the human genome.

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  Shaimae Elhajjajy

Shaimae Elhajjajy

PhD Student

I received my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with minors in Computer Science and Bioinformatics & Computational Biology. My research focuses on the application of machine learning to better understand various aspects of RNA regulation, including RNA-binding proteins, RNA structure, and rates of transcription elongation. I am also interested in the study of RNA as a molecular target in therapeutics.

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  Kaili Fan

Kaili Fan

PhD Student

I received my M.S. from Tongji University in Bioinformatics after completing my undergraduate studies at Harbin Medical University, China. I am interested in mining all kinds of sequencing data to gain biologically meaningful insights. Currently, I focus on integrating epigenetic and transcriptome data to decipher the role of regulatory elements.

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  Yu Fu

Yu Fu

Bioinformatician

With B.S degrees in both Computer Science and Biochemistry, I make use of computational methods in analyzing large-scale biological data. My current research focuses on the functional characterization of long non-coding RNAs in mammalian genomes, and I am also interested in integrating epigenomic information for understanding gene regulation and human diseases.

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  Mingshi Gao

Mingshi Gao

PhD Student

I received my BS in Biotechnology from Sun Yat-sen University. My current research interests include characterizing mammal open-chromatin landscapes and understanding the regulatory role of transcription factors in the human genome.

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  Jack Huey

Jack Huey

PhD Student

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Genetics. My primary research interests are focused on the large-scale integration of epigenetic data - particularly focused around transcription factors - and the development of tools to share and visualize the data and integrative analyses.

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  Nishigandha Phalke

Nishigandha Phalke

Bioinformatician

I have been working as a bioinformatician in ZLab since 2018. I received my BE in Computer Science from Pune University, India. I work on developing computational workflows, various application programming interfaces for many lab projects.

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  Henry Pratt

Henry Pratt

MD/PhD Student

I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015 with a B.A. in chemistry. My primary research interest is understanding how non-coding regulatory regions of the genome influence human disease, in particular autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders. I design computational methods to integrate large-scale epigenetic data with GWAS as a part of the ENCODE and PsychENCODE projects, as well as computational tools and platforms to make these datasets and our analytical results accessible and visualizable by the scientific community.

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  Thomas Reimonn

Thomas Reimonn

MD/PhD Student

I earned my bachelors in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. My research focuses on improving our understanding of how the genetic risk factors for psychiatric disease alter regulatory regions in brain tissues. Using chromatin, epigenetic, and gene expression data, I work on tracking genetic changes to their functional role. My research interests include analyzing bulk and single-cell gene expression and epigenetic data.

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