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  Zhiping Weng

Zhiping Weng, PhD

Chair, Genomics and Computational 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

  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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  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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  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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  Abigail Miller

Abigail Miller

Executive Assistant to the Chair

I graduated in 1998 from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Animal Science and 2007 from Auburn University with a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences. I worked as a scientist in many different labs for over 20 years on projects in Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Influenza, and a plethora of animal diseases, but then decided to change my focus to research administration. I graduated in 2018 from Emmanuel College with a graduate certificate in Research Administration. I help make sure BIB runs as smoothly as possible.

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Tel: 508-856-6112

  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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Nicole Shedd

PhD Student

I received B.S.s in bioinformatics and biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2021. I first joined the lab in 2020 as an undergraduate. Now, my research focuses on understanding the complex genetic changes underlying human disease and development. I am interested in using chromatin, epigenetic, and transcriptomic data to better characterize the regulatory landscape of the brain.

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Tianxiong Yu, PhD

PostDoc

Graduated from Tongji University of China in 2020, I received my B.S. degree in Bioinformatics and a Ph.D. degree in Biology. I have been a member of Zlab since 2017, when I was a visiting student. My research mainly focuses on mining small RNAs' treasures, particularly piRNAs', across multiple species, including human, mouse, koala, and fruit fly. I am also interested in studying genome variations using single-cell genomic sequencing data.

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