Ding Lab
Bridge the biomedical data and discovery!
  • Principal Investigator (PI)

    Jun Ding

    Jun Ding

    Assistant Professor | Meakins-Christie Laboratories, Faculty of medicine, McGill University.
    Affiliate member, Mila - Quebec AI Institute
    Associate member, School of Computer Science, McGill University
    QLS Program Researcher
    Associate member, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Associate member, Department of Human Genetics
    e-mail: jun.ding@mcgill.ca
    office: RI-MUHC, Block E, Office EM3.2212, 1001 boul Decarie, Montreal, QC, H4A 3J1, Canada

    Jun received a PhD in Computer Science at University of Central Florida. He then completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in computational biology with Ziv Bar-Joseph (2012 Overton Prize winner) at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2021, he joined the Meakins-Christie Laboratories at McGill University as a tenure-track assistant professor.

    Graduate Students

    PhD Students

    Yong Jin Kweon

    Yong Jin Kweon

    PhD Candidate

    e-mail: yjkweon24@berkeley.edu

    Jin received a bachelors degree in Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Jin studied auditory working memory performance and multi-omics integrations. His research project is on AI drug design: he wants to find a specific drug targeting to certain diseases.

    Kai Lu Song

    Kai Lu Song

    PhD Candidate

    e-mail: kailu.song@mail.mcgill.ca

    Kai Lu is a PhD student in quantitative life science. She received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Purdue University and master's degree at Cornell University. Before join Dr. Ding's lab, she was working as a principal programmer at a leading pharmaceutical company to develop anti-cancer drug therapy. Her research interests are developing machine learning models to analysis single-cell omics data and AI drug discovery.

    Jingtao Wang

    Jingtao Wang

    PhD Candidate

    e-mail: jingtao.wang@mail.mcgill.ca

    Jingtao received his B.E. in Computer Science at Harbin Institute of Technology in China, and an M.S. in Automated Science at Carnegie Mellon University in the US. His research interest is the application of machine learning (particularly deep learning and active learning) on single cell data.

    Yumin Zheng

    Yumin Zheng

    PhD Candidate

    e-mail: yumin.zheng@mail.mcgill.ca

    Yumin is a PhD student in Quantitative Life Science (QLS). He received his Bachelor's degree in Internet of Things Engineering at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) in China (2020). His research interests include machine learning and deep learning algorithms in the biological and medical fields. Currently, Yumin is developing machine learning models for single-cell data to analyse disease progression and to discover drugs.

    XiaoXiao Shang

    Xiaoxiao Shang

    PhD Student

    e-mail: xiaoxiao.shang@mail.mcgill.ca

    Xiaoxiao is a PhD student in Mathematics and Statistics, and she received her B.S. from McGill University. Her research interest is in developing graph-based machine learning models for cell segmentation.

    Masters Students

    Yasmin Jolasun

    Yasmin Jolasun

    Master Student

    e-mail: yasmin.jolasun@mail.mcgill.ca

    Yasmin is a second-year M.Sc. student in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. She received her bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics at Université de Montréal (2022). Her research interests comprise utilizing bioinformatics tools and machine learning approaches in the medical field.

    Vishvak Raghavan

    Vishvak Raghavan

    Master Student

    e-mail: vishvak.raghavan@mail.mcgill.ca

    Vishvak is a M.Sc. student in Computer Science at McGill University. He earned his B.Sc. from McGill University, pursuing a joint honours in Computer Science and Biology. His research pursuits are centred around applying cutting-edge machine learning techniques and agent-based models to intricately study cell trajectory.

    Guo Jiang

    Guo Jiang

    Master Student

    e-mail: guo.jiang@mail.mcgill.ca

    Guo is a first-year M.Sc. student in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. He received his bachelor's degree in Yingcai Honor Program of UESTC . His research interests lie on multimodal techniques and machine learning approaches in the medical field.

    Bowen Zhao

    Bowen Zhao

    Master Student

    e-mail: bowen.zhao@mail.mcgill.ca

    Bowen is a first-year M.Sc. student in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. He received his bachelor's degree in Biology at Shandong University(2020) , and a master's degree in Bioinformatics at Shanghai Jiaotong University(2023) . His research interest is the application of deep learning method on single cell data.

    Jiahui Tan

    Jiahui Tan

    Master Student

    e-mail: jiahui.tan@mail.mcgill.ca

    Jiahui is a first-year M.Sc. student in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. She received her bachelor's degree in Sun Yat-sen University (2023) . Her research interests comprise utilizing machine learning approaches to analyze single-cell data to advance disease knowledge and medication development.

    Undergraduate Students

    Juyeon Olivia Song

    Juyeon Olivia Song

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: juyeon.song@mail.mcgill.ca

    Olivia is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and Biology at McGill University. She is interested in the use of machine learning in analyzing biological/medical data. She is currently working on developing a machine learning model for detecting methylation status from single cell nanopore sequencing data.

    Hassan Gaber

    Hassan Gaber

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: hassan.gaber@mail.mcgill.ca

    Hassan Gaber is a third year undergraduate student in the Electrical Engineering program at McGill University. The research areas of interest to Hassan are data mining, data visualization, and leveraging machine learning models for drug development. Currently, he is participating in the Lab's research for developing an interactive cell dynamics platform.

    Paul Hansen

    Paul Hansen

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: paul.hansen@mail.mcgill.ca

    Paul Hansen is a third year undergraduate in the honours Computer Science and Physics at McGill University. program at McGill. His research interest is data visualization and machine learning applications in the medical field. He is currently supporting the lab in its reaserch into the IPF-disease by developing interactive visualization methods.

    Shuaishuai Jiang

    Shuaishuai Jiang

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: shuaishuai.jiang@mail.mcgill.ca

    Shuaishuai is a third year undergraduate student at McGill University majoring in Computer Science. Her research interests include machine learning applications and data visualization. She is currently working on developing interactive visualization methods for dynamic single-cell data.

    Yiyang Wang

    Yiyang Wang

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: yiyang.wang3@mail.mcgill.ca

    Yiyang wang is a second-year undergraduate pursuing a joint Bachelor's degree in Biology and Mathematics at McGill University. His areas of research include data analysis. Yiyang is currently working with our lab collaborators to analyze single-cell expression data.

    Yiqing Zhu

    Yiqing Zhu

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: yiqing.zhu2@mail.mcgill.ca

    Yiqing Zhu is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with minor Statistics at McGill University. Her research interests include machine learning and data visualization in the medical field. Currently, she is working with our lab collaborators in developing interactive visualization methods for dynamic single-cell omics data.

    Joey Chuang

    Joey Chuang

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: ching-i.chuang@mail.mcgill.ca

    Joey Chuang is a fourth year undergraduate in Computer Science Major at McGill University. He is currently working on BULK RNA-seq analysis.

    Marvin Li

    Marvin Li

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: mingyang.li@mail.mcgill.ca

    Marvin Li, a senior undergraduate at McGill University, is pursuing Bachelor of Bioengineering with a minor in math. He has a research focus on utilizing generative and discriminative models. Presently, He's developing method for diagnosing disease makers.

    Huilin Tai

    Huilin Tai

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: huilin.tai@mail.mcgill.ca

    Huilin is a third year undergraduate student in statistics and computer science program at McGill University. Her research interest is data mining and machine learning applications in the medical field. Her current project focuses on leveraging machine leaning models to identify gene markers.

    Ruohan Wang

    Ruohan Wang

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: ruohan.wang4@mail.mcgill.ca

    Ruohan is an undergraduate student in Honours Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics at McGill University, joined the lab with a keen interest in computational biology, particularly machine learning applications. Currently, her research is centered around the development of a deep learning-based model for accurately quantifying transposable elements within multi-omics single-cell sequencing data.

    Signe Hoel

    Signe Hoel

    Undergraduate Student

    e-mail: signe.hoel@mail.mcgill.ca

    Signe Hoel is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Computer Science and Biology program at McGill University. Her research interests include the application of machine learning on high-dimensional biological datasets. She is currently investigating the benefits of ensemble classification methods for integrating multi-omics datasets.

    Alumni

    Yanshuo Chen

    Yanshuo Chen

    PhD Student in the University of Maryland

    Yanshuo Chen joined the lab as a MS student in Exp Med program. He recieved his B.Sc in Biological Sciences at Tsinghua University. His research interests focus on genomics and protein design. He aims at building "small and effective" algorithms for interesting biological topics.

    xueEr

    Xue Er

    PhD Candidate in the Carnegie Mellon University

    Xue Er joined the lab as a second year undergraduate student in Honours Computer Science and Biology at McGill University. Her research interests include bioinformatics and machine learning applications in the health sciences. She is currently working on developing graph-based machine learning models for single-cell data analysis.

    Sonia Sharapova

    Sonia Sharapova

    Master Student in the University of Chicago

    Sonia joined the lab as a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a joint Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Biology at McGill University. Her areas of research include data analysis and machine learning for diseases. Currently, Sonia is working with our lab collaborators in finding immune genes prevalent in fungal infections.

    Xiong Yiwei

    Xiong Yiwei

    Amazon, Toronto

    Yiwei joined the lab as finishing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at McGill University. He is working on the study of links between COVID-19 and clinical variables using Bayesian Network.