Bioinformatics and Genomic Medicine (Yang Lab)
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  • 2022 May: Li have contributed an article in Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. Well done!

  • 2022 April: Li has been selected as the 2021 Highly Cited Chinese Researchers (released by Elsevier). Congratulations to Li!

  • 2022 March: Bao-Qing, Ying, Jia and Li have contributed an article in Nat Commun. Well done!



The completion of the human genome project (HGP) in the beginning of this century and the application of affordable high-throughput sequencing technologies in the past decade have led life science researches to the post-genome era. The resulting wealth of deep-sequencing datasets at genome (including epi-genome) and transcriptome (including epi-transcriptome) levels challenges us to fully understand how functional genomic elements are transcribed and regulated, thus leading to human health and/or diseases. Importantly, the advent of novel genome editing technologies provides us powerful methods to change genetic information at desired target sites at single nucleotide resolution, which benefits not only basic research aiming to decipher how different genotypes result in distinct phenotypes but also pre-clinical study potential to cure human diseases caused by genetic mutations. Since established in 2011, my lab has continuously developed and applied novel computational strategies, together with the-state-of-the-art deep-sequencing technologies and diverse biochemical methods, to dissect complex expression, novel function and potential application of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), especially structured ones such as covalently-closed circular RNAs (circRNAs) from back-splicing. In addition, a new research interest in my lab has been focusing on the invention of novel base editing technologies, along with distinct mechanisms of their unintended off-target effects for further improvement. These research findings shed new light on the functional potential of previously-underappreciated circRNAs, and provide powerful genome editing systems to achieve precise genetic changes in the application of biomedical research, biotechnology and therapeutics.

Research Achievements

1. Genome-wide profiling and characterization of functional circRNAs

2. Nucleotide editing modification and genome base editing technologies


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Email: liyang@@picb.ac.cn

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