Assistant Professor
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Center for Precision Environment Health
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US


PhD from Fudan University

Professional Statement

My research interest is focused on understanding the genetic etiology of complex congenital malformations, and those gene-environment interactions that contribute to birth defects, especially neural related birth defects. I obtained my Ph.D. in genetic epidemiology from Fudan University in 2010, and received postdoctoral training in molecular genetics at The University of Texas at Austin. From June 2013, I became a Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Pediatric Research Institute. The proposed research project will take advantage of next-gen DNA sequencing technology, as well as latest genome edition technologies. I am familiar with most frontline technologies in genetics, molecular biology and cellular biology such as next generation sequencing, Sanger sequencing, cloning, cell culture, histology, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, western blotting, co-immunoprecipation and other major techniques. I am also experienced in genomics, genome editing, genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics, which is required in the study design and data analysis for the proposed research program.

Selected Publications


Teratology Society
American Society of Human Genetics


Intervention Strategies for Non-Folate Responsive Neural Tube Defects


Folic Acid, Parental Mutation Rates and the Risk for Neural Tube Defects
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Grant funding from NIH