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Xianjun Dong, PhD

The Hub is led by Xianjun Dong, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Computational Neuroscience Unit of the Precision Neurology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Affiliated Faculty member of the HMS Initiative for RNA Medicine, and an affiliated member of Broad Institute. He is specialized in developing and applying computational methods to understand the transcriptional regulation of the human genome, by integrating genomic, transcriptomic, epigenetic, and clinical data from both healthy subjects and patients with neurological diseases. He is particularly interested in the non-coding RNAs (eRNA, circRNA, miRNA, etc.) in the brain. He has expertise in analyzing various NGS data, incl. ChIPseq, RNAseq, RNA-PET, CAGE, and WGS data.

Dr. Dong received his Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Bergen (supervisor: Boris Lenhard) and a Postdoctoral fellowship in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (supervisor: Zhiping Weng). He was an active member of the ENCODE consortium. He has 30+ publications with 15,000+ citations and an H-index of 21. He is recently awarded by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) and Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP).

Dr. Dong’s NIH biosketch can be downloaded here.

Xiaoqi "Ava" Li

Xiaoqi Li is a Research Assistant in the Hub. She received bachelor’s degrees in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. Xiaoqi is interested in solving biomedical problems using her skillsets in computer science and mathematics. She developped an R shiny application for power analysis (http://xiaoqil.shinyapps.io/powerEQTL) in one months and is now participating in two exciting projects about COVID-19 genomics and PD brain imaging.

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