Lihua Julie Zhu obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, and her M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University in Chicago in 2001. Prior to joining UMMS in 2007, she has served as the Director of the Bioinformatics Consulting Core, and the Director of the clinical informatics core at the Cancer Center of Northwestern University in Chicago.
Her work is devoted to the understanding of gene regulation and cancer biology, biomarker discovery, and development and application of gene editing technology by mining and integrating various high-throughput datasets. Her expertise is algorithm and computational biology development. Her group has developed a dozen packages with various utilities, ranging from gRNA design, machine learning application, peak calling, motif alignment, quality assessment, annotation, data integration to visualization.
Aimin Yan, PhD, Bioinformatician
Aimin has a PhD in bioinformatics and Computational Biology, a PhD minor in computer science, and a MS in statistics from Iowa State University. He has worked at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cornell University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Iowa State University. He joined MCCB bioinformatics core in August 2018. Aimin is interested in developing statistical methods and bioinformatics tools for deep sequencing data processing and analysis, genomic prediction, genetic association, biomarker discovery and structure biology.
Rui Li, PhD, Bioinformatician
Rui Li obtained his B.S. in Biotechnology and M.A. in Preventive Vet. Med. from Nanjing Agricultural University, in 2010 and 2012. He obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from Washington State University in 2016, working with whole transcript termini sequencing and 3’UTR annotation of X. tropicalis. From 2016 to 2018, he was a post-doc in Department of Statistical Sciences, at University of Idaho, working on the imputation of missing values in single cell RNA-seq data with machine learning techniques.
Chung-Cheng Hsieh obtained his Sc.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1985 with concentrations in epidemiology and biostatistics. He joined UMass Medical School in 1995 serving as the Director of Biostatistics and Epidemiology for the UMass Cancer Center. In addition to his own research, he has been collaborating with UMMS cancer researchers by providing biostatistical support to studies in basic, clinical, and population-based sciences.