Heng Li, PhD

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Heng Li studies advanced computational algorithms to solve practical biological problems, currently with a focus on sequence alignment, variant calling, de novo assembly, data storage, and information query. He developed and maintains several widely used software packages, such as BWA, samtools, minimap2, and seqtk, for analyzing high-throughput sequencing data. He has also collaborated with multiple research groups and published work on the analysis of single-cell sequence data, chromosome conformation, cancer genomics, population genetics and species evolution. Dr. Li received hi BSc in Physics at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, his PhD in theoretical biophysics from Institute of Theoretical Physics, Beijing, China and at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge University.