Institute's Directors


Managing Director: Philipp KHAITOVICH

Philipp Khaitovich is a biologist by education. He did his undergraduate studies at the Moscow State University and received his Ph.D. Degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999.

He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany in the group of Prof. Svante Paabo. He joined the Partner Institute for Computational Biology in September 2006 as an independent group leader.

His main research interests are: molecular mechanisms of human cognitive evolution and mechanisms of lifespan regulation.

Tel: +86 021-54920454

Party Secretary and Deputy Director: Jinhua Guo

Jinhua Guo, from Wuhu city of Anhui province, Obtained Ph.D degree in biophysics at the Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2003. He became a postdoctoral fellow in the crop physiology and genetics program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and 2005.

He has devoted himself to the field of teaching, research and management since 1988. So far, Jinhua Guo has published more than 40 papers and organized a great deal of significant research programs. He has rich practical experience in the field of scientific research management and education administration.

Tel: +86 021-54920558

Deputy Managing Director: Jing Dong HAN

Department of Molecular Systems Biology
Dr Jing-Dong Jackie Han obtained Ph.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She had her postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is currently an investigator/professor at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on the topology, dynamics and structure inference of molecular networks. She was awarded the Chinese Academy Sciences Hundred Talent Plan and NSFC Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 2006, and the Hundred Talent Plan Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009.

Tel: +86 021-54920458

Director: WANG Zefeng

Department of RNA system biology
Zefeng obtained a bachelor of science in biochemistry and bachelor of engineering in electrical and computer techniques from Tsinghua University of China in 1994. Subsequently he obtained a master of science in Biochemistry from the Institute of Biophysics at the Chinese Academy of Science. He came to US in 1997 to attend graduate school in Johns Hopkins Medical School, and obtained a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry at 2002. Afterward he became a Damon Runyon post-doc fellow in Department of Biology at MIT, and in 2007 started his own lab as an Assistant Professor in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Pharmacology. He was promoted to associated professor with tenure in 2013, and accepted the director position of PICB on 2014 (by 2015 his lab has been moved back from UNC).

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Director: Martin VINGRON

Department of Computational Regulatory Genomics
Martin Vingron is a mathematician by education who has done his PHD in computational biology at EMBL in 1991. At the time and for a number of years of postdoctoral training his research has focused on the analysis of protein sequences, sequence analysis, sequence comparison, and molecular evolution, Methods of discrete optimisation were used for the design of comparison algorithm and probability theory was applied to answer questions of significance of computational results.

His focus shifted towards the processing and mathematical analysis of DNA microarrays. Accordingly, the methods largely drew on statistical data analysis techniques. During the last years his research interest lies in utilizing gene expression data as well as evolutionary data for the elucidation of gene regulatory mechanisms.

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Former Director: Andreas DRESS

Department of  Combinatorics and Geometry
Prof. Andreas Dress (born in 1938) studied mathematics in Berlin, T¨¹bingen and Kiel, earned his doctorate in 1962 and obtained his postdoctoral lecture qualification in 1965. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, USA for many years, and has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Bielefeld since 1969. Dress was a visiting scientist at many renowned universities and research institutes worldwide and is co-editor of seven international professional journals. In addition, Dress has been a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig since 2003. His current research interests include phylogenetic combinatorics, molecular evolution and the use of topological methods in proteomics and computational chemistry.

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¡¡¡¡ Former Director: Li JIN

Department of  Computational Genmomics
Prof. Li Jin (born in 1963) studied genetics at Fudan University in Shanghai, obtained his doctorate in biomedical science/genetics at the University of Texas in Houston, USA in 1994, and was a post doc fellow in the medical genetics program at Stanford University School of Medicine (under Prof. L.L. Cavalli-Sforza) until 1996. Prof. Jin has been a full professor at the University of Cincinnati, USA since 2001, and Director of the Center for Anthropological Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In addition, Prof. Lin acted as a consultant to a number of American biotechnology companies. He is co-editor of several international professional journals. His main fields of work are human and medical genetics, population genetics and genetic anthropology, as well as genomics and bioinformatics.

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Former Director: Klaus GERWERT

Department of Biophysics
Prof. Klaus Gerwert earned his diploma in physics in Muenster, and obtained his doctorate in biophysical chemistry in Freiburg. In Dortmund at the Max-Planck institute he introduced a novel approach, time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy, to study molecular reactions mechanisms of membrane proteins. Honoured by a Heisenberg fellowship of the German science foundation (DFG) he joined the Scripps research institute in La Jolla, California, USA. Here, he complemented his experimental approach by computational biology. In 1993 he became full professor for biophysics at the Ruhr University Bochum and in 2002 director of the protein centre.

He studies protein-folding, -reaction mechanisms, -interactions and protein networks in the cell in an interdisciplinary approach using biophysical and computational biology methods.

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Former Deputy Director: Xuecai Wang

Xuecai Wang, from Zibo city of Shandong province, Obtained Master degree in Automatic Control, Department of Aircraft, in Northwestern Polytechnical University.

Worked in the field of science and technology management since 1992 and further educated in Shijingshan area in Beijing, Central Committee of the CCP School and Shanghai Pudong Executive Leadership Academy.

Published more than 20 papers and organized lots of significant research programs, extensive practical experience in science and technology management field.

Tel: +86 021-54920477