Doctoral Students​

Divyansh Agarwal
I am an MD-PhD Student at Penn, an aspiring surgeon-scientist and a scientific story-teller in-training. My thesis work focusses on how single-cell RNA-seq data can be used for meaningful biological discoveries.
Jiaxin Fan
I am a PHD Student in Biostats. Am working on methods for detecting allele specific expression using RNA-seq data.  At the same time, I’m also exploring various other topics in genetics & genomics.

Jian Hu
I am a PHD Student in Biostats. Am interested in developing statistical methods and computational tools for next-generation sequencing platforms.

Mo Huang
I am a PhD Student in Statistics, interested in developing statistical methods in genomics with a focus on single cell RNA sequencing. When I’m not trying to fix broken code, I like to play tennis, bike around the city, and take naps.

Justin Lakkis
I am a PhD student in Biostatistics at Penn. I am interested in developing innovative computational and statistical tools that can be used to make simple, interpretable conclusions from large and high-dimensional data. My area of application is in genomics, particularly single-cell RNA-sequencing.

Xuran Wang
I am a PhD Student in Applied Math. I am hoping to pursue a career in academia, and in my spare time, I love to cook, visit botanical gardens and go the gym.

Chi-Yun Wu
I am a Ph.D. Student in the Graduate Group of Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) at Penn. I received my MSc. in Bioinformatics and BSc. in Life Sciences from the National Taiwan University.

Zilu Zhou
I am a Ph.D. Student in the Graduate Group of Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) at Penn. My research focuses on single-cell mutation profiles and detection of nucleotide variants.

Undergraduate Students

Steffen Cornwell
My research is on quantification of RNA-seq using a new segment-based method. I have developed a program to convert a transcriptome into disjoint segments, which RNA-seq reads can then be mapped to. I am now developing a quantification algorithm that can accurately quantify the abundance of each transcript. I am also currently working to implement bias such as GC-content and hexamer priming bias.

Zhen Miao
Zhen Miao is an undergraduate student from Nankai University who majors in biology. He is working as an intern with Prof. Li, and is full of enthusiasm for exploring bio-science.