Research Group


Yufeng Wu, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut.

I am an associate professor in Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Connecticut. I did my undergraduate study at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a second (minor) bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Technology in 1994. After receiving my Master’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I worked for a startup company (now part of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.) in Chicago suburb for five years. Then I returned to school and received my PhD in Computer Science at University of California, Davis under Dan Gusfield in 2007. From 2007 to 2013, I was an assistant professor at Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Connecticut. My main research interests are in computational biology and bioinformatics.

Graduate research assistants

  • Xin Li, PhD student, started August 2014.
  • Yiming Zhang, PhD student, started August 2018.
  • Qingqi Lin, PhD student, started August 2018.
  • Haotian Zhang, PhD student, started August 2019.



  • Jingwen Pei, August 2013 – July 2018 (started PhD program at January 2015). First job: computational biologist at Jingwen is the developer of the PedMix tool for ancestry inference.
  • Sajad Mirzaei, August 2012 – July 2018. First job: senior software engineer at Box, Inc. (worked full-time since October 2017). Sajad is the developer of the RENT+ software tool for recombination genealogy reconstruction.
  • Chong Chu, August 2012 – May 2017. First job: PostDoc at Harvard Medical School. Chong is the main developer of REPdenovo, a software tool for repeat reconstruction from sequence reads.
  • Jiayin Wang, August 2009 – May 2013. First job: PostDoc at Genome Institute, Washington University at St. Louis. Current position: Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.
  • Jin Zhang, August 2008 – December 2012. First job: PostDoc at Genome Institute, Washington University at St. Louis. Current position: Instructor (a faculty position), Washington University, St. Louis Medical School. Jin is the main developer for programs SVseq and SVseq2, which have some nice ideas about finding structural variations from sequence reads.


  • Ruhua Jiang: 2015. Last known position: Akamai.
  • Bo Hou, 2013. Last known position: Microsoft.
  • Pankaj Ghimire, 2012. Co-advised with I. Mandoiu. Last known position: an IT company in New York City.
  • Hang He, 2011. Last known position: Microsoft.
  • Xinyu Que, 2009. Last known position: IBM T.J. Watson lab.