About “Liangjiang Wang”
Ph.D., Botany, University of Georgia, 1999
M.S., Computer Science, Mississippi State University, 2001
M.S., Biology, Zhejiang University, China, 1989
B.S., Biology, Zhejiang University, China, 1986
The research in his lab has focused on biological knowledge discovery, genomic data integration and mining, and computational RNA biology. they previously developed machine learning models and web-based tools for biomedical research, including BindN and BindN+ for predicting DNA/RNA-binding residues in protein sequence, MuStab for protein stability prediction, and seeSUMO for protein sumoylation site prediction. They also integrated and mined the vast amount of publicly available gene expression data for understanding the molecular pathways involved in human diseases, including intellectual disability, autism, and cancer.
Recently, they have been developing machine learning and data mining approaches for the functional annotation of human long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and circular RNAs (circRNAs) by leveraging the vast amount of genetic and genomic data (“biological big data”). They have constructed machine learning models and gene co-expression networks to predict and prioritize candidate lncRNAs associated with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. They have also applied deep learning techniques to the prediction and pattern analysis of lncRNA subcellular localization, circRNA back-splicing code, and RNA-protein interactions. Their studies demonstrate that genomic data mining can not only give insights into RNA functions in gene regulation and 3D genome organization, but also provide valuable information for experimental studies of candidate genes associated with human diseases.