Our alumni are not only some of the best and brightest in the field; they are a true testament to our innovative, interdisciplinary Program. They hold positions in academia, at biotech companies, hospitals, in government research labs and in the pharmaceutical industry, and are working on truly groundbreaking research.

Alumni Spotlight

Itai Yanai, PhDItai Yanai, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Technion – Institute of Technology

In 2002, Dr. Yanai became the first graduate to receive his PhD in the Bioinformatics Program. After a two year appointment as a Koshland Scholar in the Molecular Genetics Department at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Dr. Yanai went on to complete his postdoctoral training in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at Harvard. In his current position as Assistant Professor of Biology at Technion, he leads a research group focused on developmental gene networks and now mentors graduate students of his own.

Yaoyu Wang, PhDYaoyu Wang, PhD

Associate Director
Center for Cancer Computational Biology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Dr. Wang received his PhD in 2007 and went on to Massachusetts General Hospital to work as a Research Fellow. In 2009 he accepted a position as Group Leader and Senior Bioinformatics Analyst at the Center for Cancer Computational Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He was recently promoted to the position of Associate Director.

Brian Abraham, PhDBrian Abraham, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dr. Abraham is one of our most recent graduates, and one of the first to complete the BU-NIH Graduate Partnership Program (GPP). The GPP is a special PhD program between Boston University Bioinformatics and the laboratories of the Intramural Research Program of the NIH. He’s currently working as a postdoc in the area of cellular regulation in human health and disease.

Li Li, MD, MSLi Li, MD, MS

Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
Pediatric Department, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Li received her MS in Bioinformatics in 2003 and has held positions at UC San Diego and Quest Diagnostics at the Nichols Institute. She began working in the Pediatric Department at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2005 and currently leads a biostatistics and bioinformatics analysis team with projects on large-scale data from microarrays, protein arrays, RNA-Seq, and next-generation sequencing platforms. Dr. Li has more than 40 peer reviewed publications, and was awarded The Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Transplantation in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as well as the Transplantation Society (TTS) Astellas Young Investigators Award in 2010.