RNA Featured Researcher – Jiaqiang Zhu, Biostatistics

Jiaqiang Zhu, Ph.D. Candidate
Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Principal Investigator/Faculty: Xiang Zhou Group (http://xzlab.org )

  • What are your research interests?
    My research interests involve the development of efficient statistical methods and computational tools for large-scale genomic studies, including bulk and single cell RNA sequencing, bisulfite sequencing, and spatially resolved transcriptomics.
  • How does RNA relate to your research interests, and why?
    My current research focuses on developing novel analytic tools for gene expression data generated from various RNA sequencing technologies to advance our understanding of the biological processes and disease.
  • Who/what brought you to science?
    I was fascinated with the Central Dogma and became interested in biology back in high school. The encouragement from my parents and teachers leads me to study biotechnology in college.
  • What brought you to the University of Michigan?
    After obtaining my master’s degree in biology, I worked as a research technician at Tulane University, where I was trained to process and analyze multi-omics data. My growing interest in this interdisciplinary area followed me to the University of Michigan.
  • What are the main challenges/concerns to achieve your professional goals?
    Time management and novel research ideas.
  • What’s your favorite hobby?

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