As a scientific researcher, my research has been in Discrete Mathematics
with specific biological applications. My areas of research currently include RNA folding, Energy landscapes, Graph algorithms and their applications in Computational Biology.
In 2005, I decided to accept an offer from William
Y.C.Chen and started my scientific career in the Center for Combinatorics (CFC), Nankai University, China. Under two year supervision of Prof.Chen, I acquired a thorough background and broad vision in mathematics as well as strong interests in applied discrete mathematics and computer science.
In 2007, I decided to choose Mathematical Biology as my research field and Christian M. Reidys as my Ph.D. thesis supervisor. As a student of Prof.Reidys, I have obtained valuable interdisciplinary
experience in research areas such as topological graphs, random graph theory, RNA research and sequential dynamic systems.
In my doctoral dissertation, entitled ``RNA Structures: Tertiary Contacts and Interaction'', I solved the following two problems: Establish computational tractable mathematical models for RNA structures including tertiary contacts and develop softwares rip and ripalign for RNA-RNA interaction prediction.
Throughout my doctoral studies, I have forged and maintained multiple connections across different academic departments, such as Mathematics, Biology, and Computer Science. I also started to
establish my own research contacts. For example,
I conducted an independent research trip to Peter F. Stadler's bioinformatics group in
the University of Leipzig for three weeks. Soon after this visit, I accepted a job offer from Prof.~Stadler.
I was recruited to my present position as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for
Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. Here, I expand my research interests
with a new research objective on combinatorial landscapes,
in particular, RNA folding landscapes. This is a challenging field since it has been
proven in most cases,
the related problems are NP-complete. My scientific
background in discrete mathematics and
as well as computational skills provide myself advantage for being
successful in this field. I am currently working on these problems
through multiple methods.
In October 2013, I accepted the offer from University of Southern Denmark and started to work here as an assistant professor until now.
Well, here I start to be functional as a teacher and researcher at the same time. I love teaching and having a lot of fun with my students.
I just accomplished three courses so far and these experiences are truly enjoyable. My students are so nice, smart and considerable.
I appreciated so much being their teacher. I considered myself lucky as a teacher here. I have to say I am now really busy and quite occupied by my teaching and my research. They are both time-consuming and my favorate activities, sometime quite struggling to choose which
to do. But I am having a happy time.
I was visited Nils Walter's lab in 2014 in University Michigan. People there are awesome and extremely skilled, intelligent and nice. The motivation is that I believe RNA kinetics as a Bioinformatics should not only focus on the theoretical research but also taking data from wet-lab experiments into considerations. This is why I was there wearing lab coat and working more like an "intern" to get to know how the experiments through my own hands. I obtained
valuable experiences and knowledge during this process. I am always excited being here learning new interesting stuff.
Starting from Feburary, 2015, I am working in University of Vienna for my FWF (Austrian Scientific fund) project “Folding landscape analysis for RNA molecules” (M1619-N28). It is a
fascinating project that developping algorithms to investigate features of RNA folding landscapes in combination with smFRET experimental data. Currently we have already two publications
in Bioinformatics and another one going to be submitted soon.