Mengjie Chen, PhD
I'm an assistant professor in Genetic Medicine and Human Genetics at University of Chicago. Before joining U Chicago, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Genetics at UNC-Chapel Hill from 2014 to 2016. I graduated from the interdepartmental PhD program of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Yale University in 2014, where I also met Statistics. I was co-advised by Professors Hongyu Zhao and Haifan Lin. Before that, I got my BS in Biotechnology and Minor in Computer Science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China (09'). Many years before that, I was born in Lanzhou, China. I currently live near downtown Chicago with my husband and two Ragdolls. When I am not working, I enjoy progressive metal, cooking, reading and collecting things. Now I am a passionate collector for sonny angels, antique porcelains, 19th mother-of-pearl hand fans, 50s vintage dresses and succulents.
Xiaoyang obtained her Ph.D. in computational biology from CAS Max-Planck Partner Institute for Computational Biology in 2018. Her research motivation is to better understand the regulation mechanisms of gene expression during cell fate decisions and human disease such as neurogenerative disorders and cancer at both epi-genomic and epi-transcriptome level using system biology approach.