Principal Investigator: Wei Chen, Ph.D.


I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (primary, with Tenure), Biostatistics (secondary), Human Genetics (secondary), and Biomedical Informatics (secondary) at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of Statistical Genetics Core at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. My lab is interested in the development of statistical and computational methods for high-throughput genetic/genomic data (e.g. next-generation sequencing, methylation, RNA-seq data, and single cell sequencing) and the genetic study of complex diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), childhood asthma, and chronic obstructive pulumonary disease (COPD). Our lab is currently supported by the University of Pittsburgh, National Eye Institute (NEI), National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). A research summary can be found here. We are actively looking for local and distant collaborations.

Postdoc positions are available here. Positions for graduate student research assistants and undergraduate student workers are also available. Rotation students are also welcome. Please contact Wei Chen at for more information.

Recent News

  • 4/2019 Tao Sun Awarded American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter Student of the Year 2019
  • 4/2019 Tao Sun Awarded International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) Student Paper Award 2019
  • 4/2019 Rong Zhang awarded American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter Poster Award
  • 4/2019 Yue Wei awarded American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter Poster Award
  • 4/2019 Yue Wei awarded Lifetime Data Science Conference (LiDS) Student Paper Award
  • 3/2019 Rong Zhang is one of five poster winners at ENAR conference.
  • 3/2019 Zhe Sun's single cell clustering paper was accepted in Nature Communications.
  • 3/2019 Yale Jiang's TWAS paper was accepted by European Respiratory Journal.
  • 1/2019 Our collaborative work (Zhe Sun and Tao Sun) with Dr. Vignali was accepted in Nature Immunology.
  • 1/2019 Ge Yang's abstract was accepted as an oral presentation and Yale Jiang's abstract was accepted as RaPID discussion at American Thoracic Society.
  • 12/2018 Our work on EWAS of atopic asthma (co-lead with Dr. Celedon) was published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
  • 12/2018 Tao Sun and Zhe Sun both receive ENAR distinguish student paper award. Congratulations!
  • 11/2018 Tao receives CTSI Young Investigator Award from the University of Pittsburgh.
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