Major TCGA publications

Over the past dozen years, The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network has produced an incredible body of work and resources for the cancer community that will serve as a foundation for research moving forward. Our lab has played a leading role in this effort.

Twenty-nine scientific publications have been published recently to mark the "end of the beginning of cancer genomics" research. The Ding Lab was responsible for six of the twenty-nine papers, including three in the journal Cell! (See our publications page.) We wish to thank TCGA and all our collaborators for the hard work and cooperation that was required to produce this groundbreaking body of work!

     Dr. Li Ding. Image credit: Matt Wyczalkowski

    Dr. Li Ding. Image credit: Matt Wyczalkowski

    Lijun joins!

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    HSG student Lijun Yao joined our lab! And she is already on a publication! 

    Congratulations, Dr. Huang!

    Graduate student Kuan-lin Huang defended his thesis, "Multi-omics Portraits of Cancer" on Thursday, February 22. During his defense party, friends and colleagues admired his intellect, hard work, and ability to survive near-death experiences in completely avoidable situations. Kuan's Earth-friendly legacy will continue in the form of re-useable containers and the quest to never let free food go to waste. Congratulations, Kuan!

    2017 Oncology Holiday Party

    We had a fun night celebrating the holiday season with WashU Oncology! Dancing, good food, and great people!

    Chris passes QE!

     MD/PhD student Chris Yoon took the lab out for some delectable FroYoon to celebrate passing his QE!

    MD/PhD student Chris Yoon took the lab out for some delectable FroYoon to celebrate passing his QE!

    2017 Lab Photo Day

    The lab gathered for our annual group picture. At first not everybody was present, but then quorum was reached and we could proceed! 

    2017 Graduation Party!

    Congratulations to 2017 grads Amila (PhD), Chris (Masters), and Erin, Nathan, Carolyn, and Ryan! Continue to be great and do great! The lab celebrated a beautiful spring day and graduation by gathering at Li and Feng's house for food and outdoor activity. What fun!

    Yige, too!

    We are so happy to welcome first year student Yige Wu to the lab! She is a student in the Human & Statistical Genetics program of WashU DBBS.

    Bobo joins!

    Welcome to new graduate student Bobo! He joins as a first year Computational & Systems Biology student. 

    Dan Cui joins the lab!

    Dan is a first year student in the Computational & Systems Biology program of DBBS. Welcome!

    Kuan's PDX paper is published!

    Congratulations to graduate student Kuan and co-authors! Their work "Proteogenomic integration reveals therapeutic targets in breast cancer xenografts" has been published in Nature Communications! (link)

    WashUScience Daily, and Genome Web have covered this ground-breaking work.

     Figure 1: Modelling human breast cancer with patient-derived xenografts (n=24). 

    Figure 1: Modelling human breast cancer with patient-derived xenografts (n=24). 

     (back row, L-R) Shunqiang Li, Sherri R. Davis, R. Reid Townsend (front row, L-R) Li Ding, Kuan-lin Huang

    (back row, L-R) Shunqiang Li, Sherri R. Davis, R. Reid Townsend
    (front row, L-R) Li Ding, Kuan-lin Huang

    Kuan-lin Huang, Shunqiang Li, and Philipp Mertins contributed equally to this work.

    Congratulations, Dr. Mingchao Xie!

    Mingchao became the FIRST student to graduate from our lab! His thesis was titled "Discovery and functional implication of genetic alterations associated with clonal hematopoietic expansion". Mingchao's hard work and wonderful personality serve as a model for the graduate students who will follow him. He will go on to do many great things! 

     
     The lab dressed in green and blue to celebrate Mingchao's defense. 

    The lab dressed in green and blue to celebrate Mingchao's defense.