Center for Genetic Medicine Research, Children's National Medical Center
Department of Genomics and Precision Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University
Washington, DC 20010
Contact: liw AT cs(dot)ucr(dot)edu (yes, I'm still using it)
My Short Story
I spent 4 wonderful years as a Ph.D student in UCR CSE department, under the supervision of Dr. Tao Jiang between 2008-2012. My research interest focused on designing tools and algorithms for the next generation sequencing (NGS) data, especially RNA-Seq data. My training in CS and algorithm enabled me to become a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Xiaole Shirley Liu's lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health between 2012-2018.
Before coming to UCR, I received a Bachelor and Master degree of Computer Science in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Research and Softwares
A short summary of my research experience at UCR can be found here.
My publications at UCR are listed here. A complete list of pubications can be found on my current lab page.
5. Wei Li, Jianxing Feng and Tao Jiang. IsoLasso: A LASSO Regression Approach to RNA-Seq Based Transcriptome Assembly. 15th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB 2011), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6577:167-188, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2011.
4. Wei Li, Paul M. Ruegger, James Borneman and Tao Jiang. Polony Identification Using the EM Algorithm Based on a Gaussian Mixture Model. Proc. 10th IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE 2010), Philadelphia, PA, May 31 - June 3, 2010, pp. 220-225.
3. Jianxing Feng, Wei Li and Tao Jiang. Inference of Isoforms from Short Sequence Reads (Extended Abstract). 14th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB 2010), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6044:138-157, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2010.
2. Wei Li, Yannan Zhao, Yixu Song and Zehong Yang. COX-2 Activity Prediction in Chinese Medicine Using Neural Network Based Ensemble Learning Methods. The 2008 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2008). pp. 1853-1858.
1. Wei Li, Yannan Zhao, Yixu Song and Zehong Yang. SVM Feature Selection and Sample Regression for Chinese Medicine Research. The 2008 International Conference on Information and Antomation (ICIA 2008). pp. 1773-1777.
4. Paul M. Ruegger, Elizabeth Bent, Wei Li, Daniel R. Jeske, Xinping Cui, Jonathan Braun, Tao Jiang, James Borneman. Improving Oligonucleotide Fingerprinting of rRNA Genes by Implementation of Polony Microarray Technology. Journal of Microbiological Methods (2012) 90(3):235-240.
3. Wei Li and Tao Jiang. Transcriptome Assembly and Isoform Expression Level Estimation from Biased RNA-Seq Reads. Bioinformatics (2012) 28(22): 2914-2921.
2. Wei Li, Jianxing Feng and Tao Jiang. IsoLasso: A LASSO Regression Approach to RNA-Seq Based Transcriptome Assembly. Journal of Computational Biology, 18(11): 1693-1707, Nov. 2011. (Journal version of the RECOMB paper)
1. Jianxing Feng, Wei Li and Tao Jiang. Inference of Isoforms from Short Sequence Reads. Journal of Computational Biology, 18(3):305-321, Mar. 2011. (Journal version of the RECOMB paper)
2. Wei Li and Tao Jiang. Transcriptome Assembly and Isoform Expression Level Estimation from Biased RNA-Seq Reads. IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS 2012). Las Vegas, NV. Mar. 2012.
1. Wei Li, Jianxing Feng and Tao Jiang. Transcriptome assembly from RNA-Seq data: Objectives, algorithms and challenges. IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS 2011). Orlando, FL. Feb. 2011.
Activities & AwardsIEEE ICCABS conference Travel Award, 2012
Graduate Division Fellowship Award, University of California, Riverside, 2008-2009
Tsinghua University Student Art Group Fellowship, 2005
Tsinghua University Academic Career Fellowship, 2004
Captain, Tsinghua University Military Band Freshman Division, 2006-2007
Vice-Captain, Tsinghua University Military Band, 2004-2005
1st Prize of Freshman Excellency Scholarship of Tsinghua University, 2002 (college entrance exam "Champion", rank top 0.003% (around 7/200,000) in Canton province)
I have been TA for various classes, including CS005 (Introduction to Computer Programming), CS008 (Introduction to Computing), CS150 (The Theory of Automata and Formal Languages), and CS229 (Machine Learning) in UCR CSE department.
I am involved in many research projects beginning from 2005. These projects include soccer robots, traditional Chinese medicine, microbiology, high-throughput sequencing, and so on. For all research projects I'm involved, please refer to the research webpage.