Jun S. Song, Ph.D.

Founder Professor of Physics
Professor of Mathematics (0%)

Ph.D., Mathematical Physics, MIT
M.A.St., Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK
A.B., Physics, Harvard University

Jun had a long excursion in academia to find his stable fixed point. His training includes:
2007-2009, Institute for Advanced Study
2005-2007, Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health
2003-2005 Department of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
2001-2003, Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

He is now interested in applying his training in mathematics and physics to problems in biomedical research. In 2014, he moved his research group from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to UIUC. His group at UIUC is mainly located in the Institute for Genomic Biology. In addition to research, Jun is also interested in educating and helping young quantitative scientists find their way into biology. Apply for a postdoc position here.


Miroslav Hejna, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Princeton University
B.A and M.A., Mathematical Tripos, University of Cambridge, UK
MMath, CASM, Mathematical Tripos, University of Cambridge, UK

Miroslav received his bachelor's and master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and 2007, respectively. For his Ph.D., he studied the structure of disordered solids and amorphous tetrahedral network materials. Miroslav joined Jun's lab in 2013 to work on cancer related topics.

Mohith Manjunath, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
BTech & MTech., Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Mohith received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering in an integrated five-year program at Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2010. He then completed his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at UIUC in 2014. He joined the Song group in 2015. He is working on cancer genomics and also participating in the BD2K KnowEnG Center.


Alex Finnegan (Physics)

B.S., Physics, Washington and Lee University
B.A., Mathematics, Washington and Lee University
Alex is a Ph.D. student in Physics at UIUC, and he is a CPLC Fellow until 2016. His research focuses on understanding local chromatin structure and applying advanced statistical learning techniques to epignetics and cancer research.

Hu Jin (Physics)

B.S, Zhejiang University
Hu graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Zhejiang University in China. He is currently a student in the Physics PhD program at UIUC. For his undergraduate thesis, Hu built a low-temperature point-contact measurement setup for studying low-dimensional heterostructures. After coming to UIUC, he decided to switch his interest to computational biophysics. His research interest lies in applying statistical and computational methods to study problems in personalized medicine, especially cancer-related topics.

Jake Leistico (Physics)

B.S., Physics, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Alan Luu (Physics)

B.A., Physics, UC Berkeley

Wooyoung Michael Moon (Physics)

B.S., Physics, Brown University
Wooyoung is developing machine learning algorithms and applying them to study the genetics of human low-grade glioma.

Jialu Yan (Physics)

B.A., Physics, East China Normal University
M.S., Physics, University of Missouri, Columbia
Jialu is studying the genetics of human low-grade glioma.

Steve Yeo (UIUC, Biophysics)

B.A., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Steve is studying the epigenomics of human uterine fibroids.

Yi Zhang (Bioengineering)

B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
Yi graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biosciences from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). As an undergraduate, Yi studied the firing patterns of cultured neuronal network using computational tools. She was also in UCLA for rehabilitation research with EMG signal analysis. Yi is interested in combining computational methods and biological sciences for medicine. She is currently working on cancer and genomics, and participating in the UIUC BD2K Center acitivites.

Chenchao Zhao (Physics)

B.S., Physics, Beijing Normal University
Chenchao was trained in theoretical condensed matter physics, and he is now interested in problems at the interface of geometry, statistics, data mining, and epigenomics.


Yeonsung Kim

B.S., Computer Science, UIUC


NAME (Role)
First job after leaving
Minji Kim, Ph.D. (Ph.D. Student)
Alex Pankov, Ph.D. (Ph.D. Student)
Thermo Fisher
Robert Bell, Ph.D. (Ph.D. Student)
Assistant Researcher, UCSF
Tomas Rube, Ph.D. (Postdoc)
Postdoc, (Bussemaker Lab) Columbia University
Courtney Onodera, Ph.D. (Postdoc)
Scientific Programmer Analyst, UCSF
Aaron Diaz, Ph.D. (Postdoc)
Assistant Professor, UCSF
Abhinav Nellore, Ph.D. (Postdoc)
Postdoc at Johns Hopkins
Konstantin Bobkov, Ph.D. (Postdoc)
Takeda California
Elizabeth Howe (M.S. Student)
M.S. Student in Computer Science at Stanford

Pranav Rao (Physics Rotation Student)
Viviana Nguyen (Physics Rotation Student)
Graduate student in Ting Lu's research group
Sungsoo Lim (Bioengineering Rotation Student)
M.A. Student in Mathematics at UIUC
Steve Yeo (Research Assistant)
Graduate student in biophysics at UIUC.
Meng-Yao Huang (Biophysics Rotation Student)
Graduate student in Sergei Maslov's research group.
Jordan Rozum (Physics Rotation Student)
Xiaoman Xie (Biophysics Rotation Student)
Jinfeng Xiao (Biophysics Rotation Student)
Graduate student in Jian Peng's research group
Matt Zhang (Physics Rotation Student)
Graduate student in high energy physics