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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Jun Zhong, Ph.D., joined the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG) as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Laufey Amundadottir, Ph.D., senior investigator, in 2017. Dr. Zhong completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics from the Beijing Institute of Genomics, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (BIG, UCAS) in 2014. His thesis focused on whole- genome sequencing (WGS), de novo assembly, and resequencing applications of large-scale biological data. After his Ph.D., Dr. Zhong continued at BIG as a research associate and focused primarily on applications of single-molecule real-time sequencing technology (SMRT, PacBio) in human infectious diseases through pan-genome and precision methylome approaches.

Dr. Zhong focuses his research on identifying inherited variants associated with risk of pancreatic cancer using various genome-wide approaches; understanding the biology of germline risk variants using genomic technologies; and identifying non-coding somatic mutations that drive pancreatic carcinogenesis, under the mentorship of Dr. Amundadottir. He has received an NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) and a Summer Research Mentor Award.