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
Anne Crews, MS

“Im a Wolfpacker through and through! NCSU has been my workplace for the past 23 years and a place I was delighted to return to after 10 years at Duke University. I say return because I also graduated from NCSU with a BS and MS. My background is in chemistry but I handle lab assays like ELISAs, maintain tissue cultures, do lab ordering, and aid in grant/manuscript preparations. Students keep me on my toes and have educated me in so many things over the years that they are my favorite part of my job!”

 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.

Rotation (Fall 2019)
Kristen John, Genetics
I graduated with a B.S. in Cell & Molecular Biology from Liberty University in 2019 and just recently joined the Genetics PhD program at NCSU this Fall. My general research interests are in understanding the biological mechanisms behind human disease, and I am excited to rotate in several labs to determine my specific interests.
Sam McMillan, Genetics

Sam McMillan earned a BS in Microbiology with a minor in Biotechnology from NCSU in 2015. He has spent the last four years working in a vaccine research lab and recently joined the Genetics graduate program.

Sarah Hudadoff, Genetics
Sarah Hudadoff earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2019. She joined the NC State University graduate program in Genetics, and is working on rotations in order to determine her research interests.

Anna Chernikov, Computer Science & Biology
Anna is an undergraduate at NC State University majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Biology. She is interested in applying her knowledge of programming, computing, and analysis to the field of Biology to accomplish a research goal. Her current research at the Peng Lab focuses on Antimicrobial resistance.
Lab alumni
  • Amy Nipper, Research Assistant, 2018-2019
  • Ashley Kilgore, Visiting student (Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University), 2019
  • Caizhi David Huang, Rotation (Bioinformatics), 2019 Spring
  • Ryan Li, Undergraduate (Mathematics), 2016-2018
  • Alexis Johnson, Undergraduate (Microbiology), 2018
  • Manfred Meng, Research Scientist, 2018
  • Connor Campbell, Graduate Intern (Analytics), 2017-2018
  • Fang Yang, Research Associate, 2017-2018
  • Erin Harrell, Research Associate, 2016-2018
  • David Lemler, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2017