Ting Wang, PhD

Ting Wang, PhD

Sanford C. and Karen P. Loewentheil Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Head of the Department of Genetics

Dr. Ting Wang is the inaugural Sanford C. and Karen P. Loewentheil Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Wang received undergraduate degree from Peking University in Beijing, China in 1997. He obtained a PhD in Computational Biology from Washington University, and was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow at University of California Santa Cruz, before returning to Washington University to start his own lab in the Department of Genetics and the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology. 

Dr. Wang is an internationally recognized geneticist for his research on genetic and epigenetic impact of transposable element (TE) on gene regulation. His group is known for defining the widespread contribution of TEs to the evolution of species-specific gene regulatory networks as well as to the conservation of 3D genome architecture, and for revealing that epigenetic dysregulation of TEs is a major mechanism driving oncogenesis.

Dr. Wang’s lab investigates epigenetic determinants of cell fates in normal development and regeneration, in cancer, and in evolution, by integrating cutting-edge experimental and computational technologies. His lab developed widely-used DNA methylomics technologies, algorithms to identify regulatory motifs and modules, and analytical and visualization tools to integrate large genomic and epigenomic data. His lab is home to the WashU Epigenome Browser, utilized by investigators around the world to access hundreds of thousands of genomic datasets generated by large Consortia including the NIH Roadmap Epigenome Project, ENCODE Project, 4D Nucleome Project, and TaRGET Project. Dr. Wang currently directs the NIH 4D Nucleome Network Data Coordination and Integration Center and the NIEHS Environmental Epigenomics Data Center.

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