Jian Peng

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Office: 2118 Siebel Center, 201 N Goodwin Ave Urbana, IL, 61801
Email: jianpeng(AT)illinois.edu


Jian's current research spans many areas in computational biology and machine learning. His lab develops computational techniques for processing, integrating and analyzing massive datasets in genomics, systems biology and molecular biology. Recently, Jian has started to work on novel integrative and network-based approaches for understanding molecular mechanisms of human diseases and accelerating drug development. Jian and his students are also interested in machine learning, include efficient sampling, variational inference and structural learning algorithms for high-dimensional graphical models.

Algorithms developed by Jian and his co-workers were successful in several scientific challenges, including the Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction (CASP) in 2010, the Pharmacogenomics challenge in the Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) in 2011, the Shared Task Challenge in Crowdsourcing at Scale in 2013, the Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge in 2015, the ALS Stratification Prize4Life Challenge in 2015.


Short Bio

Jian Peng is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining CS@Illinois in 2015, Jian was a postdoc in the Berger Lab at MIT, and a visiting scientist in the Lindquist Lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He was a graduate student in the Xu Lab from 2007 and obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago in 2013. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Wuhan University, China. Jian worked on HIV protein analysis with Drs. David Heckerman and Jonathan Carlson in the eScience group at Microsoft Research in 2010.

Jian is on the program committee of several machine learning and bioinformatics conferences, including RECOMB, AISTATS, ACM-BCB, AAAI and GLBIO. He is a reviewer for many scientific journals, including PNAS, PLOS Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and Molecular Cellular Proteomics.

Jian was a Microsoft Research PhD Fellow (2010-2012). He received a Young Investigator Award in the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in 2011. Recently, he received a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship and a 2016-2017 NCSA Fellowship.


Graduate students

Sheng Wang (co-supervised with Prof. ChengXiang Zhai), Rongda Zhu (co-supervised with Prof. ChengXiang Zhai), Yang Liu, Jinfeng Xiao (Biophysics), Juho Kim (ECE), Yucheng Chen


Xueting Yan, Gejae Jeffers (Summer 2015, University of the Virgin Islands), Yunan Luo (Tsinghua)


Fall 2015: CS598 Machine Learning in Computational Biology
Spring 2016: CS466 Introduction to Bioinformatics