Yuannyu Zhang received her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Harbin Medical University, where she studied the molecular features of cancer-associated genes. In 2012, she started her postdoctoral training at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, and developed new computational pipelines to identify candidate cancer driver genes by integrating genomics data in liver cancer. From 2014 to 2017, she was an assistant professor at CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She collaborated with Dr. Jian Xu at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern as a visiting scholar and developed computational methods for analyzing chromatin interactions identified by biotinylated dCas9-mediated CAPTURE. In 2017, she joined CRI and UT Southwestern as a postdoctoral researcher where she studied pathogenic non-coding variants, structural variants, and epigenetic alterations in hematopoietic malignancies.
In 2020, she was promoted to an assistant professor in research at CRI.