Chao Cheng
Chao Cheng
Baylor College of Medicine
Titles & Positions

  • Associate Professor, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR180061
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of Rising Stars
Recruited From: 
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Date Awarded: 
August 24, 2018
Grant Amount: 

Dr. Chao Cheng is a computational biologist with research focusing on cancer systems biology. His group has developed and applied computational approaches that integrate different sources of biomedical data to address clinically relevant questions, with the goal to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Cheng obtained his BSc from East China University of Science and Technology in 1999, with a primary major in Biochemistry and a secondary major in Applied Mathematics. He received his MS in Molecular Genetics in 2002 from Fudan University, China. He then moved to the USA and obtained his MS in Statistics and Ph.D in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from the University of Southern California in 2007.

From 2008-2012 Dr. Cheng worked as a post-doctorial/research scientist in the computational biology group led by Prof. Mark Gerstein at Yale University. During this time, he actively participated in the international consortium projects, ENCODE (the Encyclopedia of DNA Element) and modENCODE (ENCODE in model organisms), which aimed to delineate the organization and regulation of the genome of human and model organisms (fly and worm).  Dr. Cheng started his independent research group at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in 2012.

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