|Fangqing Zhao received his PhD in marine genomics from Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The focus of his PhD research was in marine microbial genomics, specifically on the evolutionary genomics of photosynthesis in marine microorganisms. In 2006, Dr. Zhao began his Postdoc research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Pennsylvania State University. In 2008, he was appointed as a postdoc research associate at Center for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics in the same university. At the end of 2010, he was appointed as Principal Investigator by Computational Biology Center, Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. From January 2012, Dr. Zhao serves as visiting asst. Professor at SCELSE, NTU. |
His research interest is computational biology and metagenomics. The advent of high-throughput sequencing technology has dramatically changed the nature of biological and biomedical research. Metagenomics based on random sequencing of microbial community DNA offers the opportunity to understand the phylotypic diversity and functional potential present in microbial communities. The information generated from metagenomic sequencing is huge, making the task of assembly and annotation a challenge. He aims to build sophisticated metagenomic algorithms and softwares, and also to combine the power of genomics, bioinformatics, and systems biology to explore various environmental communities.