Chia-Lin Wei, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Genome Technologies

Developing and providing genomics and sequencing services for JAX and external researchers.

Dr. Wei received her Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. She continued her postdoctoral training in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying Drosophila development and apoptosis. She joined Genome Institute of Singapore in 2002 to start her career track as genomic scientist and established the genome technology platform and genome biology program. She has a strong track record of managing successful, large-scale genome-focused projects. Over the past 20 years, I have built and directed three large-scale HTP sequencing operations and genomic technology innovation centers, with eight years at the Genome Institute of Singapore, six years at the Joint Genome Institute, and now at The Jackson Laboratory. Her core research program includes new sequencing method development and optimization that will enable effective application to transcriptomic, genomic and chromatin analyses.

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Honors, awards and accomplishments

2012 Recipient of the CHU Sainte-Justine Postdoctoral scholarship of excellence, Montreal. Canada
2016 Finalist Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research for the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, Vancouver. Canada

Postdoctoral Positions in Three-dimensional (3D) Chromatin Genomics

Chromatin interactions and its 3D structure play a major role in regulating gene expression by bringing together regulatory elements that are distal on the linear genome in close physical proximity with each other. Investigators at the JAX 4D Nucleome Center at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT have pioneered genomic technologies for genome-wide profiling chromatin interactions. The JAX 4D Nucleome Center is seeking enthusiastic, highly-skilled computational and experimental post-docs to generate and analyze human chromatin interaction datasets in integration with other genomics and genetics datasets. 

Job Description 

Our center is seeking multiple postdoctoral researchers to develop computational and genomic approaches for understanding 3D genome biology under the light of diverse genomic and genetic information. We are seeking self-motivated, independent individuals who are interested in building their own career paths; however, postdoctoral fellows are expected to coordinate with and report to the PI responsible for the research area(s) addressed by their project. The fellows will develop research projects in one or more areas of focus: 

  • 3D genome mapping and imaging technologies 
  • Application of nano-engineering toward genomic methodologies 
  • Computational modeling of 3D genome architectures 
  • Building regulatory networks at multiple layers including gene expression, epigenetic, and chromatin data 
  • Integrating regulatory interactions with genetic data 
  • Mining and aligning chromatin interaction datasets in diverse human cell types 
  • Functional perturbation of topological elements 

Desired Candidate Attributes 

The JAX 4D Nucleome Center is interdisciplinary and collaborative, and preference will be given to individuals with experience working in such an environment. 

For computational postdocs desired attributes include: 

  • Strong problem-solving skills, creative thinking, and enthusiastic about science 
  • Excellent communication skills and fully fluent spoken and written English 
  • Familiarity with next generation sequencing data sets and pre-processing 
  • PhD in a statistics/biostatistics or another computational field (CS, EE, Physics) with a strong foundation in statistics and data analyses 
  • Excellent programming skills, preferentially with expertise in R and/or python and UNIX programming 
  • Familiarity with network building, mining, alignment algorithms 
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics resources, i.e., UCSC genome browser, NCBI.

For experimental postdocs desired attributes include: 

  • Strong problem-solving skills, creative thinking, and enthusiastic about science 
  • Excellent communication skills and fully fluent spoken and written English 
  • Familiarity with next generation sequencing data sets and data generation 
  • PhD in a genomics/genetics/biology or another relevant field 
  • Expertise in cellular and molecular biology techniques 

Application Package 

Applications can be submitted to email address as a single pdf document that contains: 1) a cover letter, 2) a full CV with a complete list of publications, 3) contact information for three references, and 4) a list of laboratory methods and computational skills mastered.

JAX 4D Nucleome Center Description 

Although the genome is typically thought of as a linear sequence, it is actually a dynamic three-dimensional structure. Gene loci and regulatory elements that are linearly distant—or even on separate chromosomes—may be brought in spatial proximity, and such interactions are of fundamental importance for understanding genome regulation. The ultimate goal of the JAX 4D Nucleome Center is to deliver a Nucleome Positioning System for the generation of complex chromatin interaction network maps in the context of 3D genome structures. Such maps will be used to monitor and reference the dynamics of individual genomic elements, providing context to better understand gene function and the effects of genetic variation on gene function. The scientific team is led by Yijun Ruan, Chia-Lin Wei, Jeff Chuang, and Duygu Ucar. 

The four major scientific goals of the JAX 4D Nucleome Center are to: 

  • Develop and improve technologies for high-resolution and haplotype-specific 3D mapping. 
  • Refine an integrative and comprehensive data-analysis platform (3D-NOME) for the study of nuclear architecture. 
  • Elucidate the spatiotemporal regulation of 3D genome organization and function in human cells. 
  • Use nuclear imaging and genome editing to structurally and functionally validate the 3D maps and predictions of regulatory interactions developed by the center.

The Jackson Laboratory Description 

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, non-profit organization focusing on mammalian and human genomics research to advance human health. The mission of its newest institute, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), is to discover the precise genomic causes of disease and develop individualized diagnostics, treatments and cures by merging the Laboratory’s eight decades of research in mammalian genetics with those of our JAX-GM faculty and with the expertise of our clinical partners in Connecticut and the greater northeast. JAX-GM has amassed a diverse array of technologies, computing capabilities and core research and support services to facilitate genomic research. Our M.D./Ph.D.-level scientists have specialties in cancer, diabetes, immunology, stem cell biology, computational biology, genomic technologies, the human microbiome, and infectious disease.