Chongzhi Zang Lab  

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Chongzhi Zang, PhD

Office: West Complex, MSB 6131C
Phone: 434-243-5397
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Dr. Chongzhi Zang is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Public Health Genomics, University of Virginia. He holds faculty appointments in Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the UVA School of Medicine. He is also a faculty member of the UVA Cancer Center and the Data Science Institute. 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. Prior to 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 cancer epigenomics. His research focuses on algorithm development for high-throughput genomic data analytics and integrative modeling of gene regulatory networks in mammalian cell systems.

Postdoctoral Associate

Zhenjia Wang, PhD

Office: West Complex, MSB 6131
Phone: 434-297-5236

Zhenjia joined the lab as a postdoctoral research associate in January 2017. She received her PhD in bioinformatics from School of Mathematics, Shandong University in China. She is working on integration of publicly available transcription factor ChIP-seq data for studying functional gene regulation, and integration of RNA-seq data with ChIP-seq data for studying mechanisms of fusion transcripts in cancer.

Graduate Students

Wuwei Tan

Office: West Complex, MSB 6131

Wuwei joined the lab as a research assistant in May 2017. He completed his undergraduate studies majored in statistics at the University of Science and Technology of China, and is currently pursuing his MS degree in statistics at the University of Virginia. He is working on chromatin accessibility profiling ATAC-seq data analysis and data bias reduction.

Yiren Wang

Office: West Complex, MSB 6131

Yiren joined the lab in July 2017 as a short-term research assistant, after obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy from Peking University. She is working on improving computational methods and developing software tools for ChIP-seq data analysis and data integration for gene regulation studies.

Undergraduate Student

Yayi Feng


Yayi Feng is a second-year student in the University of Virginia. Her intended major is Biology, potentially minoring in Computer Science and Economics. She enjoys volunteering and helping others, and is currently a volunteer in the Madison House Medical Service Program and the CASH program. As a research volunteer in the lab, Yayi is interested in learning more about how computational methods can be used to study human genomics and the effect of these findings on the medical field.


Celina Shih

Summer Research Intern, 2017

Celina worked in the lab as a summer student in May-July, 2017. She is currently a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in biomedical engineering. Prior to joining Dr. Zang’s lab, Celina held multiple internship positions at the National Institutes of Health, including in the NIBIB and NIDCR departments.

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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: October 6, 2017