Xinxia Peng, PhD

Xinxia is an Associate Professor of Infectious disease in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and a member of NC State Bioinformatics Research Center. He received his PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and worked as a Bioinformatics Manager at Seattle BioMed (now Center for Infectious Disease Research). In 2008 he joined the University of Washington as a Computational Research Scientist. He was promoted to a Research Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Microbiology in 2012. He joined NC State in July 2016 as Dean’s Faculty Excellence cluster hire, in the field of “Translational Genomics of Infectious Diseases”.

Research Staff
Amy Nipper, MS

Amy received her M.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Physiology at NC State in 2014. She has a strong background in the biological sciences stemming from her B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Campbell University (’12). She has worked in an animal diagnostic laboratory with NCDA&CS for 3 years before returning back to the world of research. Amy has an interest in Immunology and seeks opportunities to better understand viral infections. She joined the Peng Lab in June of 2018. Outside of the lab, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

 Graduate Student
  Hayden Brochu, Bioinformatics

After receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering and BS in Physics at NC State, Hayden chose to pursue a career in bioinformatics. He first garnered interest in bioinformatics while doing undergraduate wet lab work, where he helped validate a computational model for ribosome dynamics in E. coli. His mentor, Dr Scott Vu, started RiboWiz Scientific, while Hayden began growing his computational repertoire. Through the Genomic Sciences program at NC State, Hayden has developed expertise in a number of programming languages and bioinformatics tools. Currently a second-year Bioinformatics PhD student, Hayden joined the lab in the summer of 2017. He has used PacBio Iso-Seq to resolve alternative splicing patterns in Rhesus macaque. His current research project consists of further analysis of PacBio Iso-seq data with the goal of improving annotation of rhesus macaque MHC genes. This is part of a collaborative effort to quantify isoform expression of complex immune genes for vaccine development.

  Aiden Jones, Genetics

Aiden received a BS in Biochemistry from Eastern Michigan University, as well as a minor in statistics. Currently she is at North Carolina State University pursuing a PhD in Genetics as well as a MS in Statistics. Her current research focuses are within the fields of genetics and immunology, specifically looking into long non-coding RNAs.

  Ian Huntress, Bioinformatics

Ian completed a BS in Bioinformatics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He is a carpetbagger for the biotechnology and graduate opportunities of the Research Triangle. Ian is searching for the most interesting intersections of machine learning and bioinformatics. His main expertise is in making new mistakes so quickly that he appears to be learning. He applies this stochastic learning to: Bash for sequence analysis, Tensorflow for neural networks, and hot skillets for naan bread.

  Kayleigh Diveley, Genetics

Kay received a MS in Microbiology (2016) and a BS in Zoology (2014) from Western Illinois University with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. At North Carolina State University she entered as part of the PhD Genetics program in 2018 with interests in Neurobiology and Immunology. She joined Peng Lab in the Spring of 2019 to work with research being conducted on the functional impact of genetic variations in complex immune gene loci such as Fc Receptors.

Evan Walsh, Bioinformatics

Evan received a BS in Biological Sciences from NC State in 2018 and is now pursuing a PhD in Bioinformatics. After an undergraduate research position with NC State’s toxicology program studying the effects of maternal over-nutrition on metabolic syndrome he developed an interest in the bioinformatics field. Evan joined the Peng Lab in the spring of 2019 and is interest in data processing involving single-cell RNA sequencing.

Ashley Kilgore, Biotechnology (Johns Hopkins University)

Ashley received her BS in Biology from Morgan State University in 2007. After working in the veterinary field for several years, she has gone back to pursue her MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, while performing duties as a clinical technician for NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. One of her main interest is lncRNA in cancer pathways. She joined Peng lab in December of 2018, while undertaking research for her thesis, which focuses on antibiotic resistance.

  Ryan Li, Mathematics

Ryan Li is an undergraduate studying Mathematics at NC State University. He is currently doing data analysis at the Peng Lab to gain experience in research and to expand his computational skill set. His current research involves annotating ecRNAs and quantifying their expressions.

Lab alumni
  • David Lemler, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Erin Harrell, Research Associate, 2016-2018
  • Fang Yang, Research Associate, 2017-2018
  • Connor Campbell, Graduate Intern (Analytics), 2017-2018
  • Manfred Meng, Research Scientist, 2018
  • Alexis Johnson, Undergraduate (Microbiology), 2018
  • Caizhi David Huang, Rotation (Bioinformatics), 2019 Spring