Current Members

Zechen Chong, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, started March 2017 
Postdoc with Dr. Ken Chen, MD Anderson
Ph.D. with Dr. Chung-I Wu, BIG, China
BE, Harbin Institue of Technology, China

Fengyuan Huang

Ph.D. Student

Fengyuan is a current graduate student in Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics theme. After graduating from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine with a Master's Degree in Basic Science, she worked as a research scholar in Nutrition Science Department at UAB. She is interested in cancer genomics and bioinformatics.

Kaili Hu, M.D.

Ph.D. Student

Kaili is a current UAB graduate student in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology theme. She graduated from Ningbo University, School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Ningbo University Affiliated Hospital. To pursue more knowledge in the research field, she came to the US and obtained her MPH in Epidemiology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is working on long-read sequencing data analysis.

Yuwei Song

Ph.D. Student

Yuwei is a current UAB graduate student in Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics theme. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a master’s Degree in Science. During 2019-2021, she worked as a research scholar at Department of Dermatology at UAB. She is currently working on transcriptome data analysis using the Third Generation Sequencing data.


  • Meghan Moody, undergraduate student, 2021.01-2023.05, now at Graduate School at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Yu Chen, graduate student, 2018.03-2022.12, now Scientist of Computational Genomics at Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Jenna Ziad Taer, undergraduate intern, 2022.08-2022.11
  • Zhengzhi Tan, master intern student, 2021.11-2022.10
  • Ethan Vallely, undergraduate intern, 2020.09-2022.08, now at the Medical School at the University of South Alabama
  • Shamza Manzoor, MSMBS intern student, 2022.01-2022.08
  • Debbie X. Fu, undergraduate intern, 2022.01-2022.05
  • Guy Twa, GGB rotation student, 2021.10-2021.12
  • Stephanie Cook, undergraduate intern, 2020.12-2021.08
  • Yiqing Wang, Ph.D. student, 2020.01-2021.05, switched to the Department of Computer Science
  • Shaurita Hutchins, GGB rotation student, 2021.01-2021.03
  • Santhosh Kumar Karthikeyan, GBS rotation student, 2021.01-2021.03
  • Katrina Whitten, undergraduate intern, 2020.09-2020.12
  • Colton Miller, Master Intern Student, 2020. 02-2020.07
  • Peng Xu, Postdoc fellow, 2017.09-2019.09, now Instructor at Mount Sinai
  • Ari Ginsparg, GGB rotation student, 2019.10-2019.12
  • Yixin Zhang, undergraduate intern, CS of UAB, 2019.02-2019.05
  • Mary Bunton, GGB rotation student, 2018.10-2018.12
  • Ming Ye, Associate professor, Southwest University, China,  Visiting Scientist, 2017.10-2018.10