​​Training of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)


Graduate Students   


Md. Mohaiminul Islam
PhD Candidate in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba

MSc in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Co-supervisor: Dr. Yang Wang
Recipient of UMGF

Qian Liu
PhD Candidate in Individual Interdisciplinary Studies, Departments of Computer Science and Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, UM

MSc. in Bioinformatics in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics (BMG), University of Manitoba (UM)

Recipient of the Best Oral Presentation Award in 2019 IEEE 7th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Conference

Recipient of Mindel Rady Olenick Fellowship in Human Genetics


Mohammed Wasif Khan
PhD Candidate in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

MSc in Biotechnology in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India


Yan Sun
PhD Candidate in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba

BSc/MSc in Department of Computer Science, Xiamen University, China
Co-supervisor: Dr. Yang Wang


Daryl Fung

MSc Candidate in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba

BSc. in Computer Science, University of Manitoba

Co-supervisor: Dr. Carson Leung


Chengyou Liu

MSc Candidate in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

B.Eng. in Electronic Information Science and Technology, Xiamen University, China

Co-supervisor: Dr. Bob McLeod


Hafsa Moontari Ali

MSc Candidate in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba

Co-supervisor: Dr. Yang Wang


Yong Won Jin

MSc. Candidate in Bioinformatics in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

B.S. with high distinction  in  Science, University of Toronto

Recipient of 2019 Research Manitoba Master's Studentship Award

Recipient of 2020 President’s Graduate Scholarship in Human Genetics

Zhongyuan Zhang 

MSc. in Biostatistics (Emphasis in Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Data Science), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

B.S.  in Mathematics and Statistics, University of Waterloo
Co-supervisor: Dr. Wei Xu

Yao Li
PhD. in Biostatistics (Emphasis in Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Data Science), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
B.S. and MSc.  in Mathematics, University of Waterloo
Co-supervisor: Dr. Wei Xu


Xu Li 
MSc. in Biostatistics (Emphasis in Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Data Science), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
B.S.  in Mathematics and Statistics, University of Toronto
Co-supervisor: Dr. Yang Wang


Haiying Zhu
MSc. in Biostatistics (Emphasis in Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Data Science), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
B.S.  in Mathematics, University of Waterloo
Co-supervisor: Dr. Yan Cheng



Research Associates

Qin Kuang
MD in Clinical Medicine, Gannan Medical College



Undergraduate Students
                 

We host CS, Mathematics and Statistics, and genetics Honor Thesis Project Students /Industrial Project Students


Shuangyu Xiong

Data Science, East China Normal University, China

2020 Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Student (remote)





Past Members


Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Professors


Dr. Yan Cheng
PhD. in Medical Genetics, Lanzhou University
Visiting Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba
Period: Aug 2016 - Aug 2017. Current Position: Associate Professor, Northwest University for Nationalities, China. 

Dr. Svetlana Frenkel
Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD. in Computational Biology, University of Haifa, Israel 
Co-supervisor: Dr. Charles Bernstein
Recipient of “Poster of Distinction” award at 2017 American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) Digestive Disease Week
Period: Sep 2016 - Aug 2018. Current Position: Analyst in Department of Agriculture, Manitoba, Canada


Graduate Students (University of Manitoba)


Shuo Jia

B.S.  in Life Science, Sichuan University, China
MSc. in Bioinformatics in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

Period: May 2018 - April 2020. Current Position: AI Software Engineer in Huawei Canada Research Center, Toronto


Rayhan Shikder
B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
MSc. in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Co-supervisor: Dr. Pourang Irani

Period: Sep 2017 - July 2019. Current Position: Software Engineer in Huawei Canada Research Center, Toronto

Qian Liu
B.S.  in Medical Imaging, Sichuan University, China
MSc. in Bioinformatics in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics (BMG), University of Manitoba (UM)
Recipient of the Best Oral Presentation Award in 2019 IEEE 7th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Conference
Period: Sep 2017 - Aug 2019. Current Position: PhD Candidate in Individual Interdisciplinary Studies, Departments of Computer Science and BMG, UM


Nikta Feizi
B.S.  in Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Tehran, Iran
MSc.in Bioinformatics in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba
Period: Sep 2017 - Aug 2019. Current Position: Biostatistician at Amaris, Toronto.


Jiaying You
B.S. in Computer Science, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
MSc  in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba
Co-supervisor: Dr. Bob McLeod

Period: Sep 2016 - Oct 2018. Current Position: Data Scientist, InVivo AI, Montreal.


Md. Mohaiminul Islam

B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Chittagong
MSc  in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Co-supervisor: Dr. Yang Wang

Recipient of 2016 Manitoba Graduate Scholarship

Period: Aug 2016 - Dec 2017. Current Position: PhD Candidate, Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba

Rasif Ajwad

B.S. in Computer Science, Islamic University of Technology
MSc. in Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Co-supervisor: Dr. Michael Domaratzki

Period: Sep 2015 - Sep 2017. Current Position: Software Engineer in Winnipeg City Hall (City of Winnipeg)


Chen Chi

B.S. in Biology, University of British Columbia
MSc. in Bioinformatics in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

Recipient of 2016-2017 Nancie J. Mauro Graduate Scholarship in Oncology Research

Recipient of 2016 Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research – Semifinalist from ASHG

Recipient of Mindel and Tom Olenick Research Studentship in Medicine

Recipient of Phyllis J. McAlpine Graduate Fellowship

Period: May 2015 - June 2017. Current Position: Analyst in Department of Agriculture, Manitoba


Kaiqiong Zhao
B.S. in Statistics, Beijing Institute of Technology
MSc. in Bioinformatics in Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

Period: Sep 2014 - Aug 2016. Current Position: PhD candidate in biostatistics in McGill University


Shujun Huang
PhD candidate in Pharmacy, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Ted Lakowski
My role is in project-based supervision on bioinformatics

Period: May 2018 - March 2020. Current Position: Research Programmer in BC Cancer Genome Science Center, Vancouver

Graduate Students (University of Toronto)


Bowen Cheng
B.S.  in Statistics, University of Toronto
MSc. in Biostatistics (Emphasis in Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Data Science), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Period: September 2019 - August 2020

Andrew Tran
B.S.  in Medical Sciences, University of Western Ontario
MSc. in Biostatistics (Emphasis in Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Data Science), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Co-supervisor: Dr. Claudia DosSantos

Period: September 2019 - August 2020


Jiahui Zhang
B.S.  in Mathematics and Statistics, Uni
versity of Waterloo
MSc. in Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Co-supervisor: Dr. Wei Xu
Period: Sep 2017 - July 2019. Current Position: PhD Candidate in Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Fei Zuo
B.S.  in Genetics, University of Toronto
MSc. in Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Co-supervisor: Dr. Wei Xu
Period: Sep 2018 - July 2019. Current Position: Research Biostatistician in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto


Wenxin Jiang
B.Eng.  in Electronic Information Engineering, Bei Hang University, China
MSc. in Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Co-supervisor: Dr. Wei Xu
Period: Sep 2016 - July 2017. Current Position: Analyst in Canadian Institute for Health Information, Toronto


Bingqing Shen
B.S. in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
MSc. in Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Period: Oct 2015 - Jan 2016. Current Position: Information Management Analyst position in Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto


Chris Walsh
PhD candidate in Medicine, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Claudia Santos
My role is in project-based supervision on bioinformatics

Period: Feb 2014 - Jul 2019. Current Position: Respirologist at Toronto East Health Network


Mitacs Globalink Students


Peiran Jiang
Bioinformatics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China
Recipient of Mitacs Globalink Research  Internship Award
Winner of Best Basic Research Presentation at 2019 CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute Summer Student Symposium
Summer research published on Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal as a first author

2019 Summer undergraduate student


Zexuan Sun
Statistics and Mathematics, Wuhan University, China
Recipient of Mitacs Globalink Research  Internship Award

Summer research published on Bioinformatics as a first author
2019 Summer undergraduate student


Xinyu Hou
Automation, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Recipient of Mitacs Globalink Research  Internship Award

Recipient of the Best Paper Presentation Award (summer research) in 11th International Conference on Machine Learning and Computing

2018 Summer undergraduate student. Current Position: PhD candidate in Engineering Science in University of  Oxford, UK


Linfan Zhang
Statistics, Zhejiang University, China
Recipient of Mitacs Globalink Research  Internship Award

Summer research published on Frontiers in Genetics as a first author.
2016 Summer undergraduate student. Current Position: PhD candidate in Statistics in University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Masami Ando Kuri
Genome Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM
Recipient of Mitacs Globalink Research  Internship Award
2015 Summer undergraduate student, Current Position: PhD Candidate, Department of Biology, Emory University, USA


Xiaohui Ding
Mathematics and Statistics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Recipient of Mitacs Globalink Research  Internship Award
2015 Summer undergraduate student. Current Position: MSc student in Data Mining in Nanjing University, China

Undergraduate Students


Yolanda Ding
Medical Science, University of Western Ontario
2020 Undergraduate Summer Studentship Award from CHI

Period: May 2020 - August 2020

Yun Xu
Neuroscience and Statistics, University of Toronto
2020 Undergraduate Summer Studentship Award from RIOH
Current Position: MSc student in biostatistics, University of Toronto

Period: September 2019 - August 2020

Daryl Fung (Co-supervised with Carson Kai-Sang Leung)
Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Honour Thesis Project Student

Period: May 2020 - August 2020

Judah Zammit (Co-supervised with Carson Kai-Sang Leung)

Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Industrial project student Student

Period: May 2020 - August 2020


Lukas Timmerman (Co-supervised with Dr. Silvia Cardona and Dr. Rebecca Davis)
Co-op Undergraduate Student in Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Period: September 2019 - April 2020


Allan Bruinooge
Honours Bachelor of Science in Genetics, University of Manitoba

Honour Thesis Project Student
Period: September 2019 - August 2020


Lourens Jacobs
BSc Medicine,  University of Manitoba
BSc Med Summer Studentship
Period: May 2018 - August 2019.


Katerina (Christiana) Cholakis
Mathematics and Biology, St. Olaf College, USA
2019 Summer undergraduate student.

Period: May 2019 - August 2019.


Liam Grenier
Bachelor of Science,  University of Manitoba
Undergraduate Summer Studentship Award from CHRIM

2018 Summer undergraduate student.  Curent Position: Medical school student in University of Manitoba

Summer research published on Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal as a first author.

Nikho Hizon
Honours Bachelor of Science in Genetics, University of Manitoba
Period: September 2016 - August 2017. Current Position: MSc candidate in Medical Genetics in University of Manitoba


Huyen Le (Co-supervised with Dr. Yang Wang)
Math and Statistics, University of Manitoba
2015 Summer undergraduate student. Now at Field Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, University of Toronto


Jessica Bondoc (Co-supervised with Dr. Kevin Coombs)
Statistics and Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Recipient of CIHR Computational Biology Undergraduate Summer Student Health Research Award, 2015

Period: May 2015 - Apr 2016


Research Associates and Co-op Students

Philippe Simon 
PhD in Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba
Supervisor: Dr. Darwyn Kobasa. My role is in project-based supervision on bioinformatics
Period: 2014-2015. Current Position: Medical student at University Laval

Justin Zhang (Co-supervised with Dr. Ron Beavis)
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University
B.S. in Bioinformatics, Simon Fraser University
Bioinformatician. Period: 2014-2015, now at Cancer Care Manitoba

Cynthia Kpekpen (Co-supervised with Dr. Lisa Lix)
MSc. in Statistics, University of Manitoba
Summer Student in 2014




Associate Professor and Manitoba Medical Services Foundation Allen Rouse Basic Science Career Scientist
Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics (BMG), UM
Data Science Platform of George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, UM

Adjunct Senior Scientist
Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology at CancerCare Manitoba

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) (Adjunct), UM
Department of Computer Science (CS) (Adjunct), UM

Assistant Professor (Status-Only)
Division of Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Universit
y of Toronto

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Dr. Pingzhao Hu is a tenured Associate Professor in bioinformatics and statistical genetics in The University of Manitoba (UM). Prior to joining UM in 2014, Dr. Hu received his PhD in computer science from York University (Canada). His group develops and applies novel deep learning and statistical algorithms for integrative analysis of high-throughput multimodal (genomic and imaging, etc) data to understand the causal association between human genome and phenome for better disease diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Hu has published over 120 peer reviewed scientific articles with over 4500 citations and H-index 31. He is a recent receipt of The Interstellar Initiative Award funded by New York Academy of Sciences and Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development. He received 2019 Terry G. Falconer Memorial Rh Institute Foundation Emerging Researcher Award in Interdisciplinary Category and holds the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation Allen Rouse Basic Science Career Scientist (2020-2023). 

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