Rays H.Y. Jiang
Rays Jiang, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida and one of the founding members of USF genomics program and the concentration director of the new Genomics Master’s program focusing on data sciences. She is also the lead PI of acquiring major genomics instruments of Next Generation Sequencing machines and single-cell biology instruments for USF genomics. As the first genomics lab in University of South Florida, the Rays Jiang lab takes on a pioneer role in establishing a viable research program, as well as pushing the frontier of health data sciences. Her lab is developing innovative methods and applications of genomics technologies, including those pertinent to normal and pathological human cells. She has published in high profile journals such as Cell, Science, Nature, Nature Communications and Genome Research, and secured diverse funding sources from NIH, NSF and Gates’ foundations. Rays Jiang has a Ph.D. in genomics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She has been a computational biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as well as at Harvard University. She came to USF with the vision to establish one of the first hybrid labs to synthesize computational data sciences and experimental researches. Rays Jiang lab bears the identity of STEM_CORE (Single-cell, Translational, Evolution and Microbial, USF Central-lab for Omics Research and Engineering). Her lab celebrates the spirit of inter-disciplinarity, innovation and inclusivity. She was recognized as a 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate. The Highly Cited Researcher list recognizes researchers who produce multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year in Web of Science.