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Kurt Zhang, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Director of ND INBRE Bioinformatics Core

Area of Research

Our research is focused on elucidating the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying pathological processes using genomic studies. We employ the cutting-edge high-throughput technology such as next-generation sequencing, proteomics and microarray chips to conduct systems biology studies. A major effort in our lab has been devoted to develop advanced computer algorithms and statistical methods for bioinformatics research.

Our research areas include:

  • Cancer genomics:  identification of cancer biomarkers and development of new genetic tests for early diagnosis and prognosis.

  • Gene regulatory networks:  understanding the gene-gene interactions in development and disease progression.

  • Clinical trials:  conducting multiple pre-clinical and clinical trials for cancer and infectious diseases.

  • Transcriptome assembly:  development of a novel de novo assembly algorithm for RNA-Seq data.