Xuanyao Liu, Ph.D.
My lab is interested in studying the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases by developing statistical methods and analyzing multi-omic data. I am very excited to start my research group here at UChicago because there are opportunities to work with highly motivated graduate students and trainees and collaborate with world-leading experts in statistical genetics and human genetics. My goal as a new faculty is to work closely with my students and trainees and provide ample support for them to succeed in academia and industry.
Non-coding RNA (ncRNA) profiling can be used to identify parts of DNA that determine how cells in the eye develop. One such region, highlighted here in green in a developing mouse retina, directs cells to grow into rods; the red areas are for cones
The COVID-19 virus is made out of RNA. Decoding how it actually functions is key to slowing or stopping the virus's path around the world
Micrograph of laboratory-grown heart muscle cells. Fluorescent labeling shows mitochondria (red), cytoskeleton (green), and nuclei (blue).
Disease embeddings group different conditions by type and plot them in two-dimensional space to show how closely they are related to one another.
University of Chicago scientist Chuan He found evidence that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology.