Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Dean's Postdoctoral to Faculty Fellows

Xi ChengXi Cheng, Ph.D.
Mentor: Bina Joe, Ph.D.

My research focuses on the roles of non-coding RNAs in complex polygenic diseases such as hypertension. I am especially interested in the application of interdisciplinary approaches combining computer science and biomedical science for my research projects. For example, one of my current research projects is to identify and characterize novel non-coding RNAs, e.g., long non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs, in the regulation of blood pressure, wherein advanced computational and bioinformatics methods are required to analyze the next-generation sequencing and microarray data. I have also been actively assisting and collaborating with other investigators by developing and applying bioinformatics pipelines to analyze whole genome sequencing data and amplicon sequencing data (e.g., 16S metagenomics). My long-term career goal is to tightly connect genetics research with machine learning and other computational approaches for guiding biomedical validation and therapeutic development in genetic diseases.


Last Updated: 3/18/19