UW CSE recently welcomed Yuliang Wang as a research professor working with our Computational & Synthetic Biology group. Wang brings a wealth of computational expertise imbued with a deep knowledge of relevant biology that, as CSE professor Larry Ruzzo notes, is really rare in “computational” people.
Wang obtained his B.S. in Bioengineering from Tianjin University in China. He earned his M.S. in Applied Statistics and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign—a top-10 program in its field. He was a student of Dr. Nathan Price, who is now at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle and a CSE affiliate professor. As part of his Ph.D. thesis, Wang developed breakthrough computational tools for modeling metabolic networks. Before his arrival at UW CSE, Wang held a postdoctoral fellowship at Sage Bionetworks in Seattle and was a Senior Research Associate in the Computational Biology Program at Oregon Health & Science University.
Wang is spending approximately half of his time in CSE and the other half at the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, a world-class research group in a cutting-edge area of biomedicine mostly located at the university’s South Lake Union campus. He will bring value-added to both groups—forwarding the efforts of stem cell biologists, while also bringing knowledge and skills that complement CSE’s computational biology group and building additional bridges to our artificial intelligence and machine learning groups. We have no doubt that he will help us to identify new and important problem areas where CSE can make a tangible difference—and advance computational methods that will benefit not only UW CSE research, but the field at large.
Welcome to UW CSE, Yuliang!