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.
A transgenic C.elegans worm, where the motor neurons are labeled with two fluorescent reporters (green and red). Motor neurons are located on the under side of the worm, positioned one after the other, and appear as green and red dots. The top three panels are fluorescent images, and the bottom panel shows the actual animal together with the fluorescently labeled motor neurons.