Chongzhi Zang Lab  

Lab Members


Principal Investigator

Chongzhi Zang, PhD

Office: West Complex, Room 6131C
Phone: 434-243-5397
Email: zang@virginia.edu
Website: faculty.virginia.edu/zang
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Dr. Chongzhi Zang is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Public Health Genomics, University of Virginia School of Medicine. He holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and Biomedical Engineering at UVA. He is also a faculty member of the UVA Cancer Center and the UVA 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 Associates

Zhenjia Wang, PhD

Office: West Complex, Suite 6131
Phone: 434-297-5236
Email: zhenjia@virginia.edu

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.


Sheng'en Shawn Hu, PhD

Office: West Complex, Suite 6131
Phone: 434-243-0215
Email: sh8tv@virginia.edu

Dr. Sheng'en Shawn Hu is a postdoctoral research associate starting November 2017. Before joining UVA, he completed his PhD training in bioinformatics from School of Life Science and Technology, Tongji University in China, and was a visiting student at Harvard University. He is working on developing computatinoal methodology of integrating high-throughput chromatin accessibility data for studying functional gene regulation.


Christopher Dampier, MD

Email: chd5n@virginia.edu

Chris is a General Surgery resident and a Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery and the Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia. He received his BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University and his MD from the University of Michigan. He was first exposed to informatics as a science while working as a commodities analyst at Louis Dreyfus Commodities, and he began analyzing high-dimensional bioinformatics data in the fMRI lab of Dr Jon-Kar Zubieta at the University of Michigan. He moved to Charlottesville for his residency in General Surgery and completed two years of clinical training prior to joining Dr Craig Slingluff's Surgical Oncology Training Grant under the mentorship of Dr Graham Casey in 2018. After two years of research, he will return to clinical training to complete his residency. Chris is a physician with growing expertise in bioinformatics and an interest in cancer genomics. His research focuses on molecular phenotyping and functional follow-up of GWAS-identified risk loci using high-throughput sequencing data in the setting of colorectal cancer.


Graduate Student

Yifan Zhang

Office: West Complex, Room 6131
Email: yz4hc@virginia.edu

Yifan joins the lab in Fall 2018 as a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering at UVA. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Yifan is a violinist in training. He also enjoys playing tennis and aerial photography with quadcopter drones.




Visiting Scholars/Students

Mengxue Tian

Office: West Complex, Suite 6131
Email: mt9tz@virginia.edu

Mengxue Tian is a research scholar starting from 2019. Before joining UVA, she received her B.E. and M.S. in Bioinformatics from School of Life Science and Technology, Tongji University in China. She is working on high-throughput sequencing data analysis over different disease and development status.



Ruoyao Shi

Office: West Complex, Room 6131A
Email: shiry1316@mails.jlu.edu.cn

Ruoyao Shi is an undergraduate student majoring in biology from Tang Aoqing Honors Program in Biological Science, Jilin University, China. She joins the lab as a visiting student to complete her undergraduate thesis project. Interested in biostatistics and biological big data analysis, she is going to pursue graduate degree in the future. She is also enthusiastic about volunteer service, music and art in her spare time.


Hongpan Zhang

Office: West Complex, Room 6131A
Email: hz9fq@virginia.edu

Hongpan Zhang joined the lab as a post-undergraduate visitor. He obtained two bachelor's degrees in life sciences and software engineering from Sichuan University. Hongpan is keen to study the connection between genomic phenomena and diseases. He hopes to raise his knowledge of biological issues in his research work. Hongpan is a basketball fan and also loves other sports events. He's interested in historical knowledge as well.



Undergraduate Students

Yayi Feng

Email: yf7qq@virginia.edu

Yayi Feng is an undergraduate student in the University of Virginia (Class of 2020). 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.


John Zhang

Email: jz5jx@virginia.edu

John Zhang is a Biology / Computer science major at UVA (Class of 2020). His hometown however, is Blacksburg Virginia, home of Virginia Tech. His main interests in school are science, especially biology and chemistry. Outside of school, John is involved in different sports and likes to volunteer and tutor students through Madison House. As a lab researcher John is very excited to help analyze data, especially since he sees himself working either as a physician or somewhere else in the public health sector after graduating.


Stephany Perez-Rojas

Email: sp5wd@virginia.edu

Stephany is an undergraduate student double majoring in biology and statistics and a possible minor in bioethics in Class of 2020. She is on the pre-medical field with hopes of becoming a surgeon. She is interested in the development of data science and its involvement in the medical field. She is a volunteer through Madison House, on the executive board of the Bioethics Society at UVa, and volunteer at another lab. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and watching TED talks!


Jeffrey Yoo

Email: jy2ma@virginia.edu

Jeffrey Yoo is a computer science major (and a potential mathematics major) interested in machine learning and AI in Class of 2020. As a student researcher, he is interested in learning how to develop computational methodologies to solve problems in other fields. In his free time, he fences for the Virginia Fencing Club and loves to watch movies and TV shows.



Zhou Lu

Email: zl4ej@virginia.edu

Zhou Lu is an undergraduate student (Class of 2020) double majoring in statistics and economics at UVA. Interested in the application of statistics in different fields, she looks forward to learning more about computational biology. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and watching movies.



Aaron Ho

Email: ah2uf@virginia.edu

Aaron Ho is an undergraduate student (Class of 2020) double majoring in biochemistry and computer science. As a student researcher, he is excited to help develop and optimize software for human genomics and see them applied to the medical field. In his free time, Aaron works as a volunteer EMT, competes in the Intercollegiate Programming Competition for UVA, and runs with Jim Ryan. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school with the hopes of becoming a surgeon.


Benjamin Ke

Email: bgk5ck@virginia.edu

Ben Ke is an undergraduate student (Class of 2022) and intends on majoring in Statistics with a concentration in Biology. He looks forward to learning how to apply statistical, coding, and other skills from the classroom in actual research. He currently volunteers at the UVA Hospital through Madison House and enjoys playing tennis and chess in his free time. After graduation, he hopes to study in a medically-related field.



Ishaan Dey

Email: id8tm@virginia.edu

Ishaan is an undergraduate student (Class of 2022) from Centreville, VA, intending to study Biostatistics and Economics on the pre-med track. He is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of machine learning and medical data. In his free time, Ishaan enjoys photography, playing basketball, and exploring the food scene at Charlottesville.




Tianhe Li

Email: tl4hx@virginia.edu

Tianhe Li is an undergraduate student (Class of 2020) majoring in Biology. He wants to pursue a career in medicine in the future. He wants to learn how biological problems can be solved using computational and statistical methods. In his free time, he likes to play sports and listen to music.




Leyao Li

Email: ll4wk@virginia.edu

Leyao Li is an undergraduate student (Class of 2020) majoring in biomedical engineering. She is interested in data science, especially in the field of biology and wants to learn more about methods dealing with data processing problems. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, cooking and traveling.




Megan Grieco

Email: mg3fh@virginia.edu

Megan Grieco is a Systems Engineering major in the class of 2021, pursuing the Chemical and Biomedical application sequence. She is excited about gaining experience in data science and research within the biological field. After graduation, she is planning on going to medical school. In her free time, she likes to travel, cheer on the Hoos, and rewatch the Office.



Xinyue Qiu

Email: xq8zu@virginia.edu

Xinyue is an undergraduate student (Class of 2021), double majoring in Biology and Statistics. Interested in both genetics and statistical analysis, she is interested in both obtaining knowledge and rich hands-on experience related. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, traveling, drawing, and playing games.




Zack Thomas

Email: zvt3fn@virginia.edu

Zachary Thomas is an undergraduate student (Class of 2021) from Oakton, VA majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. He is particularly interested in data science and its applications to further explore Biomedical Data. In his free time, he plays clarinet and bass clarinet with the UVA Wind Ensemble and Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra.



Nathan Lee

Email: nbl3cj@virginia.edu

Nathan Lee is an undergraduate student (class of 2021) majoring in biochemistry and computer science. He wants to learn more about the applications and use of computer science and computational methods in other fields, such as computational biology. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, play games, and dance.




Minaal Khan

Email: mk2te@virginia.edu

Minaal Khan is an undergraduate student (Class of 2022) double majoring in Biology and Psychology and minoring in Arabic. She is fascinated with how far technology has come and is excited to explore the intersection between data science and genetics. In her free time, Minaal volunteers at the UVA Hospital, dances with Jazba (a Bollywood dance team) and loves to travel.



Cameron Her

Email: csh4bj@virginia.edu

Cameron Her is an undergraduate student (class of 2021) majoring in Biology and Mathematical Statistics. He's curious to explore the applications of statistics in the world of biological research. In his free time, Cameron participates in Hot Kids Comedy and Amuse Bouche Improv.




Anvitha Chimata

Email: arc6jhk@virginia.edu

Anvitha Chimata is an undergraduate student (Class of 2023) with an intended major in Statistics. She is interested in the intersection between computer science, statistics, and biology, and hopes to pursue a career in dentistry in the future. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends, read, and explore restaurants in Charlottesville.





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Last modified: November 2, 2019