About Yong Cheng

Dr. Yong Cheng earned his BS and MA degrees from Nankai University in China and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecualr Biology Department at Penn State University. He conducted his postdoctoral research on  comparative and functional genomics at Stanford University before joining St. Jude in 2016. He was a leading participant in the Analysis Working Group of the ENCODE Consortia, developing systematic annotations of human, work, fly, and mouse genomes. After joining St.Jude, Dr. Cheng has a growing research program that aims to understand the functions of regulatory elements in the human genome and the impact on blood development and childhood blood disorders.

Science Team

Meet the Team

JingJing Chen
  • JingJing Chen
  • Graduate Student
Yichao Li, PhD
  • Yichao Li, PhD
  • Bioinformatics Research Scientist
Lance Palmer, PhD
  • Lance Palmer, PhD
  • Bioinformatics Research Scientist
Qian Qi, PhD
  • Qian Qi, PhD
  • Senior Scientist
Christopher Rogers
  • Christopher Rogers
  • Student
Dewan Shrestha
  • Dewan Shrestha
  • Graduate Student
Ruqiong (Rick) Wu, PhD
  • Ruqiong (Rick) Wu, PhD
  • Scientist
Siqi Yi, PhD
  • Siqi Yi, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Lanying Zhao PhD
  • Lanying Zhao PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lab Alumni

Li Cheng, PhD

  • Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Tenure: January 2018-July 2020
  • Post-lab experience: Deputy Director of Production Development and Preclinical Study Dept, GenAssist Therapeutics, China

Yanghua He

  • Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Tenure: Jun 2017 - Jun 2019
  • Post-lab experience: Assistant professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Xing Tang

  • Role: Bioinformatics Research Scientist
  • Tenure: Aug 2016 - Aug 2018
  • Post-lab experience: Regor Therapeutics Group