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About the PI

As the first genomics lab in University of South Florida, Rays Jiang lab takes on a pioneer role in establishing a viable research program; as well as pushing the frontier of genomics science. Her lab is developing innovative methods and applications of genomics technologies, including those pertinent to normal and pathological human cells. She has published in high profile journals such as Cell, Science, Nature Communications and Genome Research, and secured diverse funding sources from NIH, NSF and Gates’ foundations.

Rays Jiang has a PhD in genomics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She has been a computational biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Harvard University. She came to USF with the vision to establish one of the first hybrid labs to synthesize computational biology and experimental sciences.

Selected publications

*co-first authorship, ^co-senior authorship

Zhang M*, Wang CQ*, Otto TD, Oberstaller J, Liao X, Adapa SR, Udenze K, Li S, Bronner IF, Casandra D, Mayho M, Brown J, Li S, Swanson J, Rayner JC, Jiang RHY^ and Adams JH^.
Uncovering the essential genome of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum by saturation mutagenesis
Science 2018 PMID: 29724925
This work is featured by NIH Director Collins' post

Roth A*, Maher SP*, Conway A ...Lanar DE, Nosten F, Davidson S, Jiang RHY, Kyle DE, Adams JH.
A comprehensive model for assessment of liver stage therapies targeting Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum
Nature Communication 2018 PMID: 29743474

Babatunde KA, Mbagwu S, Hernández-Castañeda MA, Adapa SR, Walch M, FilgueiraL, Falquet L, Jiang RHY, Ghiran I, Mantel PY.
Malaria infected red blood cells release small regulatory RNAs through extracellular vesicles.
Scientific Report 2018 PMID: 29343745

Brancucci NMB, Gerdt JP, Wang C, ...Voss TS, Waters AP, Jiang RHY, Clardy J, Marti M.
Lysophosphatidylcholine Regulates Sexual Stage Differentiation in the Human Malaria Parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
Cell 2017 PMID: 29129376

Ganter M, Goldberg JM, Dvorin JD, Paulo JA, King JG, Tripathi AK, Paul AS, Yang J, Coppens I, Jiang RHY, Elsworth B, Baker DA, Dinglasan RR, Gygi SP, Duraisingh MT.
Plasmodium falciparum CRK4 directs continuous rounds of DNA replication during schizogony.
Nature Microbiology 2017 Feb

Cheemalapati SV, Winskas J, Wang H, Konnaiyan K, Zhdanov A, Roth A, Adapa SR, Deonarine A, Noble M, Das T, Gatenby R, Westerheide SD, Jiang RHY and Pyayt A.
Subcellular and in-vivo Nano-Endoscopy.
Scientific Report 2016 Oct

Wang CQ, Adapa SR, Gibbons J, Sutton SG and Jiang RHY
Punctuated chromatin states regulate Plasmodium falciparum antigenic variation at intron and 2kb upstream regions
BMC Genomics 2016 Aug

Bronner IF, Ottoa TD, Zhang M, Udenze K, Wang CQ, Quail MA, Jiang RHY, Adams JH, Rayner JC.
Quantitative Insertion-site Sequencing (QIseq) for high throughput phenotyping of transposon mutants.
Genome Research. 2016 May 10

Dankwa S, Lim C, Bei AK, Jiang RHY, Abshire JR, Patel SD, Goldberg JM, et al.
Ancient human sialic acid variant restricts an emerging zoonotic malaria parasite.
Nature Communication 2016 Apr 4

Pellé KG*, Jiang RHY*, Mantel PY, Xiao YP, Hjelmqvist D, Gallego-Lopez GM, Lau AO, Kang BH, Allred DR, Marti M.
Shared elements of host-targeting pathways among apicomplexan parasites of differing life styles.
Cell Microbiol 2015; May 21

Egan ES, Jiang RHY, Moechtar MA, Barteneva NS, Weekes MP, et al
A forward genetic screen identifies erythrocyte CD55 as essential for Plasmodium falciparum invasion.
Science 2015 ; 348(6235):711-4

Paul AS, Saha S, Engelberg K, Jiang RHY, Coleman BI, Kosber AL, et al
Parasite Calcineurin Regulates Host Cell Recognition and Attachment by Apicomplexans.
Cell Host Microbe 2015

Coleman BI, Skillman KM, Jiang RHY, Childs LM, Altenhofen LM, et al
A Plasmodium falciparum histone deacetylase regulates antigenic variation and gametocyte conversion.
Cell Host Microbe 2014; Aug 13

Jiang RHY, de Bruijn I, Haas BJ, et al.
Distinctive expansion of potential virulence genes in the genome of the oomycete fish pathogen Saprolegnia parasitica.
PLoS Genetics 2013 Jun;9(6)

Jiang RHY, Stahelin RV, Bhattacharjee S, Haldar K. Eukaryotic virulence determinants utilize phosphoinositides at the ER and host cell surface.
Trends in Microbiology. 2013 Mar;21(3):145-56

Tripathy S and Jiang RHY
Massively parallel sequencing technology in pathogenic microbes (book chapter)
Methods Mol Biol 2012 835:271-94 PubMed PMID: 2218366

Jiang RHY and Marti M
A PIP Gets the Plasmodium Protein Export Pathway Going
Cell Host Microbe 2012 Feb 16;11(2):99-100 PubMed PMID: 22341457

Jiang RHY and Tyler BM
Mechanisms and evolution of virulence in oomycetes
Annu Rev Phytopathol 2012 Vol 50 Sep 8;50:295-318 PMID: 22920560

Neafsey DE, Galinsky K, Jiang RHY, Young L, Sykes SM et al.
The malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax exhibits greater genetic diversity than Plasmodium falciparum.
Nature Genetics 2012 Sep;44(9):1046-50.

Raffaele S, Farrer RA, Cano LM, Studholme DJ, MacLean D, Thines M, Jiang RHY, Zody MC, et al
Genome evolution following host jumps in the Irish potato famine pathogen lineage.
Science 2010 Dec 10

Haas BJ, Kamoun S, Zody MC, Jiang RHY, Handsaker RE, Cano LM, et al.
Genome sequence and analysis of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans.
Nature 2009 Sep 17;461(7262):393-8

Jiang RHY, Tripathy S, Govers F, Tyler BM.
RXLR effector reservoir in two Phytophthora species is dominated by a single rapidly evolving superfamily with more than 700 members.
PNAS 2008 Mar 25;105(12):4874-9

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