Xing Laboratory of RNA Genomics and Bioinformatics


We are in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics at UCLA. We are also affliated with the Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program (IDP).


Yi Xing

Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
Professor (by courtesy), Statistics
Director, Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program

Dr. Yi Xing received his Ph.D. training in Bioinformatics with Dr. Christopher Lee at UCLA (2001-2006), and his postdoctoral training with Drs. Wing Hung Wong and Matthew Scott at the Stanford University (2006-2007). Dr. Xing has an extensive publication record in bioinformatics, genomics, and RNA biology. He serves as a regular member of the NIH Genomics, Computational Biology, and Technology (GCAT) grant review panel.

Lan Lin

Associate Researcher, Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics

Dr. Lan Lin received her B.S. degree in Biotechnology from Peking University, China, in 2001, and her Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from UCLA in 2007. Dr. Lin develops and applies novel high throughput strategies to study post-transcriptional RNA regulation in development and disease.


Shihao Shen

Shihao Shen received Ph.D. in Biostatistics from University of Iowa. He develops statistical algorithms for high-throughput genomic analyses of transcriptome isoform complexity. He recently received a Human Biology Fellowship from Huntington’s Disease Society of America.


Emad Bahrami Samani (2015-)

Emad received his Ph.D. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from University of Southern California (USC). His main research interests include genetic variation of post-transcriptional RNA regulation and the functional connections between RNA secondary structure, protein-RNA interaction and RNA metabolism.

Eddie Park (2015-)

Eddie Park received his Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He is interested in integrating experimental and computational approaches to solve biological questions.

Samir Adhikari (2017-)

Samir Adhikari received his Ph.D. degree from the Beijing Institute of Genomics, China. He is interested in RNA modification and epitranscriptome analysis.

Ruijiao Xin (2017-)

Ruijiao Xin received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Austin. She is interested in high-throughput analyses of transcriptome complexity in disease.


Yida Zhang (2013-)

Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics IDP

Chengyang Wang (2014-)

Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics IDP

Zijun Zhang (2014-)

Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics IDP

Amal Katrib (2015-)

Ph.D. student, Biomedical Physics

Levon Demirdjian (2015-)

Ph.D. student, Statistics

Zhicheng Pan (2015-)

Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics IDP

Yang Pan (2015-)

Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics IDP

Yuanyuan Wang (2015-)

Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics IDP

Yan Gao (2016-)

Visiting Ph.D. student, Harbin Institute of Technology

Harry Yang (2016-)

Ph.D. student, Bioinformatics IDP

Xinyuan Chen (2016-)

Ph.D. student, Genetics and Genomics Ph.D. Program


Samantha Gaerlan (2016-)

Zhijie Xie (2017-)


Andrea Castro (2014-)

Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics

Agnes Premkumar (2015-)

Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics

Diane Park (2015-)

Undeclared Engineering, prospective Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics

Alejandra Rosas (2015-)


Aida Akopyan (2015-)

Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics


  • Annie Tye, Undergraduate Research Assistant & ICRU Research Fellow (2007-2009)
  • Ryan Youland, Undergraduate Honors Student (2008-2009; now MD student at Mayo Clinic)
  • Heather Brockway, Rotation Student (2008-2009; now PhD student at the University of Iowa)
  • Yang Xu, Rotation Student (2008-2009; now PhD student at the University of Iowa)
  • Benjamin Brett, Rotation Student (2009-2010; now PhD student at the University of Iowa)
  • Rachel Miller, Research Assistant I (2009-2010)
  • Daniel Ambrisco, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2008-2010)
  • Seiko Sato, Research Assistant I (2008-2010)
  • Hongchao Lu, Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2010; now postdoctoral fellow at University of Tennessee Health Science Center)
  • Hung-Lin Chen, Rotation Student (2010-2011; now PhD student at the University of Iowa)
  • Janel Barnes, Undergraduate Intern Student (2011; now undergraduate student at Luther College)
  • Eric Monson, MSTP Rotation Student (Summer 2011; now MSTP student at the University of Iowa)
  • Vicky Zhu, High School Intern Student (Summer 2011; now student at West High, Iowa City, IA)
  • Elizabeth Kenkel, Research Assistant I (2010-2011; now PhD student at the University of Iowa)
  • Peng Jiang, Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2012; now Computational Biologist at University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Ji Wan, Genetics PhD student (2008-2012; now Postdoc at Cornell University)
  • Jennifer Dozier, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2009-2012; now undergraduate student at the University of Iowa)
  • Jingzhu Xu, Undergraduate Research Assistant & ICRU Research Fellow (2010-2012)
  • Katherine Hixon, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2010-2012)
  • Mallory Stroik, Research Assistant I (2010-2012; now Research Assistant at the University of Iowa)
  • Seth Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2012; now Data Scientist at Renesys Corporation)
  • Sara Miller, Research Assistant I (2011-2012; now Research Assistant at the University of Iowa)
  • Jeong Ho Choi, Rotation Student (Spring 2013; now Ph.D. student at UCLA)
  • Collin Tokheim, Bioinformatics Specialist (2011-2013; now Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University)
  • Keyan Zhao, Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013; now Bioinformatics Staff Scientist at Life Technologies)
  • James Baumgarten, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2013)
  • Zijun Zhang, UCLA-CSST Summer Student (Summer 2013)
  • Xiujun Zhang, Visiting Assistant Researcher (2013)
  • Helene Pham, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2013)
  • Jinsil Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2014)
  • Matthew Levinson, Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2014)
  • Kevin Le, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2014)
  • Jin Li, Rotation Student (Fall 2014)
  • Eric Tran, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2014)
  • Zhuoqing Fang, Visiting Graduate Student (Spring 2015)
  • Juw Won Park, Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2015; now Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville)
  • Sally Ip, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2014)
  • Nick Bates, Undergraduate Student (2014-2015)
  • Harrison Ho, Undergraduate Student (2014-2015)
  • Zhi-xiang Lu, Assistant Project Scientist (2009-2016)
  • Jinkai Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2016; now Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, China)
  • Shayna Stein, Bioinformatics Specialist (2013-2016; now Ph.D. student at Harvard University)
  • Yu-ting Tseng, Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2016)
  • Shaofang Li, Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016; now Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California Riverside)
  • Yang Guo, Visiting Ph.D. Student (2014-2016)
  • Chelsea Aitken, Masters Student (2014-2016)
  • Yongbo Wang, Visiting Ph.D. Student (2015-2017; now Staff Engineer at Huawei Technologies)

  • Wing Hung Wong, Stanford University
  • Beverly Davidson, University of Iowa
  • Douglas Black, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Joel Richter, University of Massachusetts
  • Paul McCray, University of Iowa
  • Russ Carstens, University of Pennsylvania
  • Song Liu, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • James Cai, Texas A&M University
  • Qing Zhou, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ying Nian Wu, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Stephen Liebhaber, University of Pennsylvania
  • Cosmas Giallourakis, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Russell Margolis, Johns Hopkins University
  • Christopher Ross, Johns Hopkins University
  • Yongsheng Shi, University of California, Irvine