Chongzhi Zang Lab  

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Chongzhi Zang, PhD

Office: West Complex, Room 6131C
Phone: 434-243-5397
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Dr. Chongzhi Zang is an Associate Professor in the Center for Public Health Genomics, University of Virginia School of Medicine. He holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and Biomedical Engineering at UVA since November 2016. He is also a faculty member of the UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center. Chongzhi received his BS in physics from Peking University and PhD in physics from the George Washington University. He did his undergraduate research in high-field laser physics with Jie Zhang at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his PhD research in computational biophysics with Weiqun Peng and Keji Zhao at the National Institutes of Health. Before joining UVA, he completed his postdoctoral training with Xiaole Shirley Liu at Harvard University's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Chongzhi is a computational biologist with expertise in epigenetics and transcriptional regulation. His research focuses on algorithm development for high-throughput genomic data analysis and integrative modeling of gene regulatory networks in mammalian cell systems.

Research Scientist

Sheng'en Shawn Hu, PhD

Dr. Sheng'en Shawn Hu is a research scientist after postdoctoral training in the lab. Before joining UVA in November 2017, he completed his PhD training in bioinformatics from School of Life Science and Technology, Tongji University in China, and was a visiting student at Harvard University. He is working on developing computatinoal methodology of integrating high-throughput chromatin accessibility data for studying functional gene regulation.

Postdoctoral Associates

Shengyuan Wang, PhD

Shengyuan Wang joined the lab as a postdoctoral research associate in March 2022. He received his PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from George Mason University, M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science from North Carolina Central University and B.S. in Biotechnology from China Agricultural University. His research interest lies in algorithm development in genomics data analysis to tackle biological problems.

Graduate Students

Mengxue Tian

Mengxue Tian is a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) program. Before joining UVA as a research specialist in 2019, she received her B.E. and M.S. in Bioinformatics from School of Life Science and Technology, Tongji University in China. She is working on high-throughput genomics data analysis for studying transcription and replication mechanisms in different disease and biological systems.

Hongpan Zhang

Hongpan Zhang is a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) program. Before joining the lab in 2019, he obtained two bachelor's degrees in life sciences and software engineering from Sichuan University in China. Hongpan is keen to study the connection between genomic phenomena and diseases. He hopes to raise his knowledge of biological issues in his research work. Hongpan is a basketball fan and also loves other sports events. He is interested in historical knowledge as well.

Zhaoxia Ma

Zhaoxia Ma is a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) program. She received her M.S. in Operational Research and Computational Systems Biology from Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Honors Science Program) from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. She is interested in developing computational models and utilizing computational methods to analyze genomics and epigenomics data. She enjoys listening to music and playing badminton.

Kevin Qiu

Kevin is a medical student at UVA expected to graduate in 2026. He received his bachelor's from Northwestern University in 2021 and spent a year there developing skills in whole-genome, RNA, and epigenomic sequencing methods in the context of T cell lymphomas. His research interests lie in the use of high-throughput sequencing methods in the diagnosis, management, and development of treatments for of diseases in a clinical setting.

Jingyi Wang

Jingyi Wang is a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) program starting summer 2024. She completed her undergraduate degree from UVA with a biochemistry major and a data analytics minor in 3 years. She joined the lab as a Second Year student and will be continuing her PhD studies in the lab. She is interested in investigating genomics problems using computational approaches.

Research Assistant

Shiyu Jiang

Shiyu Jiang joined the lab as a volunteer in January 2023 and became research assistant in July 2023. He received his master’s degree in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University in December 2023 and previously received B.S. in Computer Science from Wenzhou-Kean University in China. His research interests lie in developing algorithms and tools to solve biological problems. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and spend some time at the gym.

Undergraduate Students

Class of 2025

Andy Cao

Andy Cao is a Third Year undergraduate student (Class of 2025) planning to study Biology and Computer Science on a pre-med track. He is excited to develop and apply computational algorithms to explore the human genome and questions relating to genomic disorders.

Ibrahim Khanani

Ibrahim Khanani is a rising Fourth Year student (Class of 2025) studying Computer Science with a minor in Computational Biology at Duke University. He is doing summer research in the lab supported by UVA School of Medicine's Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP). He is excited to pursue further studies into the intersection of technology and medicine, with a focus on genomics and gene therapies.

Yanbin Xu

Yanbin Xu is a Third Year undergraduate student (Class of 2025) pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Statistics. He is excited to develop and apply bioinformatics algorithms to study genomic problems and learn more about machine learning in precision medicine.

Class of 2026

Grant Atwood

Grant Atwood is a Second Year undergraduate student (Class of 2026) pursuing Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He hopes to utilize principles from a wide breadth of fields to further understand the human genome. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports of all varieties.

Class of 2027

Emily Nguyen

Emily Nguyen is a First Year undergraduate student (Class of 2027) hoping to major in biochemistry on a pre-med track. I'm excited to apply my background in math to my career in science and learn how to interpret datasets into biomedical information.

Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Associates

Name Background Time at Lab Current Position
Qingying Chen, PhD PhD in Physics, University of Tulsa 01/2021–06/2024
Yidan Cong, PhD PhD in Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 06/2021–02/2022 Data Scientist, Wayfair
Christopher Dampier, MD MD, University of Michigan;
General Surgery Residency, University of Virginia
07/2019–06/2021 Pathology Fellow, National Cancer Institute, NIH
William F. Lamberti, PhD PhD in Computational Sciences and Informatics, George Mason University 01/2021–08/2022 Data Scientist, Google
Zhenjia Wang, PhD PhD in Bioinformatics, Shandong University 01/2017–01/2024 Scientist, Foundation Medicine

Graduate Students

Name Program Time at Lab Current Position
Yushan (Brandon) Feng BA/MS in Computer Science/Statistics 04/2018–05/2019 PhD Student in Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Jiangxue Han MS in Data Science 07/2018–08/2019 Capital One
Seung Hyun (Andrew) Lee BA/MS in Statistics 09/2018–05/2019 Graduate Student in Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania
Jamel Simpson PhD in Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) (Rotation) 01/2021–02/2021 PhD Student in BIMS, UVA
Wuwei Tan MS in Statistics 05/2017–05/2018 PhD Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University
Jose Verdezoto PhD in Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) (Rotation) 10/2020–11/2020 PhD Student in BIMS, UVA
Yifan Zhang Biomedical Engineering 08/2018–12/2019 Software Engineer, Google

Research Assistants

Name Background Time at Lab Current Position
Wenjing Ma MS in Computer Science, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications 08/2018–06/2019 PhD Student in Computer Science and Informatics (BMI track), Emory University
Yiren Wang BS in Astronomy, Peking University 07/2017–06/2018 Graduate Student in Statistics, Columbia University

Undergraduate Students

Name Major Time at Lab Position after graduation
Kuki Davey Biology 07/2020–05/2022 Graduate Student in Genomic Medicine, University of Oxford
Yayi Feng Biology 09/2017–05/2020 MS Student in Data Science, UVA
Megan Grieco Systems and Information Engineering 02/2019–07/2022 MS Student in Biostatistics, Emory University
Alex Hickman Biomedical Engineering 07/2020–05/2021 Engineer at Rivanna Medical
Aaron Ho Biochemistry and Computer Science 10/2018–05/2020 Software Engineer at Bloomberg
Benjamin Ke Statistics and Biology, Computer Science minor 01/2019–06/2022 Medical Student, UVA
Zhou Lu Statistics and Economics 04/2018–05/2020 MS Student in Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
Emilie Neulen Biology 02/2020–08/2022 Biology Patent Examiner
Naifei Pan Statistics 04/2018–02/2019 Data Analyst at GSK
Sophie Park Biochemistry and Music 01/2019–08/2019 Postbac IRTA Research Fellow, NIH
Stephany Perez-Rojas Statistics 01/2018–08/2019 MS Student in Statistics, UVA
Xinyue Qiu Biology and Statistics 04/2019–05/2021 MS Student in Biostatistics, Yale University
Sekou Rowe NSF REU Summer Student; Chemical Engineering, Howard University 05/2019–08/2019 Undergrad Student in Chemical Engineering, Howard University
Allison Ryu Computer Science 09/2018–12/2018 Software engineer at Amazon
Celina Shih Summer Research Intern; Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University 05/2017–08/2017 Bioinformatician, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Zachary V. Thomas Biomedical Engineering 05/2019–05/2021 PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
Jin Yong (Jeffrey) Yoo Computer Science 02/2018–05/2020 MS Student in Computer Science, UVA

Visting Scholars and Students

Name Primary Position Time at Lab Current Position (if different)
Gang Chen, MD, PhD Professor of Molecular Pathology, First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University 09/2018–08/2019
Rongquan He, MD PhD Student, Guangxi Medical University 03/2018–02/2019 Oncologist, Guangxi Medical University First Hospital
Qi Li PhD Student in Statistics, Tsinghua University 01/2018–02/2018, 03/2019
Wen Shen Undergraduate Student in Biological Sciences, Nanjing University 02/2018–05/2018 Graduate Student in Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University
Ruoyao Shi Undergraduate Student in Tao Aoqing Honors Program in Biology Science, Jilin University 10/2019–05/2020 PhD Student in Biostatistics, University of Michigan

High School Students

Name School Affiliation Time at Lab Position at Lab
Elizabeth McClung Rockbridge County High School, Lexington, VA ('23) 07/2022–08/2022 UVA Advance Summer Program
Riya Shah Mclean High School, Mclean, VA ('23) 07/2022–08/2022 UVA Advance Summer Program
Chris Stewart Monticello High School, Charlottesville, VA ('23) 07/2022–08/2022 UVA Advance Summer Program
Katherine Zhang Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA ('24) 06/2022–08/2022 Volunteer

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The Zang lab is recruiting motivated students and scholars to work on various topics in computational biology in a collaborative research team. Postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students are all welcome. Please visit Positions page for details.

Last modified: July 2, 2024