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Our lab has now moved to Columbia University, as part of the Institute for Genomic Medicine. We are recruiting new graduate students (from the DBMI program) and postdocs (see advertisement) to join the lab.

Our lab won best costome design in ZNI Halloween party again!

Radiation by the UV light resulted in a base pair change in a personal genome, causing coding change to a gene that may impact health conditions. Baymax came up and used CRISPR to fix the base pair change, so that the personal genome is healthy again.

Special thanks to Coco for the design and implementation!

 

Kai is the 1st place winner of the first ever ZNI Art Contest! His creative design skillfully and artistically represented the collaborative and innovative work being done here at ZNI! T-shirts with the winning design will be given out during the holiday party.

 

We had a fare well party for Hui, our three-month visiting scholar from Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Hui spent three month learning bioinformatics tools and programming languages for processing RNA-Seq data from next-generation sequencing and will continue his research on aging mechanisms when he returns to China.

"Though thousands of miles apart, we are still able to share the beauty of the moon together". Hui, wish you all the best with your academic endevear and we will miss you very much:)

 

We had a lab summer party with lab members and guests at Dr. Wang's home. We had food, drinks and enjoyed charade games.

"Science" turns out to be the hardest category, yet "Game" is one of the easiest categories to guess.

Our lab had a farewell party to Jack, our one-year visiting student from China. We are very happy to have him spending a fruitful year here in our lab. Jack will continue his PhD study in China, researching different pine tree worms by DNA, mRNA and microRNA sequencing techniques. Wish him all the best in China:)

 

Chao returned to China and successfully defended her PhD thesis titled "Genome-Scale Profiling of DNA Methylation and integrative genomics study in Sporadic Pituitary Macroadenoma" at Tianjin Medical University.  Additionally, Chao also got a faculty job offer at Peking Union Medical College (best medical school in China) and Peking Union Hospital (best hospital in China). Congratulations!

Haiying finished one year training at the Wang Genomics Lab as a visiting scholar and returned back to China. She worked on a project to compare multiple long-range PCR enzymes and sequencing full-length of BRCA1/BRCA2 genes using long-range PCR. She will resume her duty as an ENT doctor and  Deputy Director of the Physicians at Jinan University Hospital. 

The Wang Genomics lab held a lunch party for Fan's departure. He will move on to MIT as director of Bioinformatics core at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Congratulations!

KEEP CALM IT'S TEATIME!

The Wang Lab will host this week's tea time, at the 2nd floor bridge between ZNI and BCC. You are welcome to join and enjoy watermelons!

We had a lab party at Dr. Wang's home, filled with yummy food and lively conversations.

Lingling finished two year postdoctoral training in the Wang Genomics Lab and returned back to China. She obtained a faculty position as Associate Professor at Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Institute for CNS regeneration at Jinan University. Congratulations!

Xiao completed two year postdoctoral training at the Wang Genomics Lab and took on a second postdoc at CHOP/Penn. Xiao came to the lab as a ZNI Young Scholar, and he worked on developing a web interface for ANNOVAR software (wANNOVAR), as well as the properties of 'party' and 'date' hubs in protein interaction networks via systems biology approaches. Best wishes to Xiao!

 

Our lab members and two guests from Jeannie's lab won the best costume/performance award in the ZNI Halloween Party! In fact, many consider this as the best performance ever that they saw in ZNI Halloween party. Thanks Lingling for designing and directing the show titled "Gangnam style DNA sequencing".

ZNI tea time is hosted by Wang lab today!

Come enjoy snack, ice cream, watermelon, and most importantly, live discussion with Wang lab members!

The Wang lab presented in the ZNI dinner night on June 14. Four members each described their current project in progress and the preliminary results of their projects:

  • Xiao Chang: wANNOVAR: annotating genetic variants for personal genomes via the web
  • Lingling Shi: Modeling NLGN4X deletions in neurodevelopment
  • Fan Gao: Landscape of DNA Methylation in Meningiomas
  • Yunfei Guo: Automated annotation pipeline for Mendelian disorder

Thanks to all who participated in the dinner night!

Fan presented at the Annual USC Norris Cancer Center Poster Session For Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students. He showed his 4C analysis on key pluropotency genes during stem cell reprogramming, and won the poster award as the 1st of total of six winners. Congratulations to Fan!

 

Dr. Wang hosted the 2nd Annual ZNI New Technology Symposium together with Dr. Robert Chow. The symposium was created to promote awareness of the new technologies being applied by biomedical researchers across USC!

In the symposium, four speakers from USC presented their research on developing new technologies. Dr. Wang gave a lecture titled "interpreting personal genomes", describing our recent work on developing sequence annotation pipelines and web servers.

After the symposium, we had a wine and cheese session, filled with lively discussions.

 

Dr. Wang hosted the inaugural ZNI New Technology Symposium together with Dr. Robert Chow. The symposium was created to promote awareness of the new technologies being applied by biomedical researchers across USC!

In the symposium, four speakers from USC presented their research on developing new technologies and applying them on biological problems. These include:

  • Dr. Benjamin Berman discussed the use of bisulfite sequencing for cancer epigenomics 
  • Marcelo Coba discussed systems biology approaches for the study of signaling networks
  • Don B. Arnold discussed tools for visualizing endogenous proteins in vivo
  • Robert Chow discussed super-resolution optical microscopy of transmembrane molecules and molecular complexes

After the symposium, we had a wine and cheese session, filled with lively discussions.