Dr. Ting Chen is currently Qianren Professor of computer science at Tsinghua University, and director of Center for Big Data Research in Medicine and Health, Institute of Data Science.  He is also a faculty member at the Bioinformatics Division, Beijing National Laboratory of Information Science and Technology.  He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1993 with B.E. in computer science, and received his Ph.D. in computer science at SUNY Stony Brook in 1997.  He was a lecturer of genetics at Harvard University from 1997 to 2000, and then became an assistant professor, associate professor and full professor of biological sciences and computer science at the University of Southern California (USC) before he joined Tsinghua University.

His research interests are in the areas of computational biology/bioinformatics, medical informatics, algorithms, and statistical learning.  His current research topics include (1) medical data analysis and intelligent medicine, (2) single-cell RNA sequencing data analysis, (3) human genotype and phenotype association, and (4) human microbial interactions, functions and identifications. He has published over 100 papers, many in the top journals including Science, PNAS, Nature Communications, Cell Systems, Genome Research, American Journal of Human Genetics, Genome Biology, and Nucleic Acid Research. His publications have >10000 citations (Google Scholar).

He received the Sloan Research Fellowship in 2004.



Algorithmic Methods for Metagenomic Data Analysis. (NSFC-Israel Science Foundation #61561146396)


Robust and Portable Workflow-based tolls for mRNA and Genome re-sequencing. (NIH/NHGRI 1U01 HG006531-01)

Role: PI (wth Jim Knowles and Ewa Deelman)


Dimensions: Pattern and Process in Recommended Marine Bacterial, Archaeal, and Protistan Biodiversity, and Effects of Human Impacts. (NSF/OCE 1136818)

Role: Investigator  (PI: Jed Fuhrman) 


Computational Analysis of Metagenomic Sequencing Data (NSF/DMS ATD 7031026)

Role: PI


Analysis Software for SOLiD Methylation Studies (Life Technology)

Role: PI


Transcriptome Atlas of Human Brain Development (NIH/NIMH 1 RC1 MH090047-01)

Role: PI, Subcontract (PIs: J. Knowles and P. Levitt)


Acquisition of Solexa Genome Analyzer to enable collaborative molecular, environmental, and computational research (NSF/DBI MRI 0923513)

Role: Co-PI (PI: Nuzhdin)


Center of Excellence of Genome Sciences: Genomic Analysis of the Genotype-Phenotype Map (NIH/HG 2 P50 HG002790-06)

Role: Co-investigator (PI: S. Tavare)


Efficient Analysis of SNPs and Haplotypes with Applications in Gene Mapping (NIH/LM R01 LM008991-01)

Role: PI, Subcontract (PI: J. Li)


Center of Excellence of Genome Sciences: Implications of Haplotype Structure in the Human Genome (NIH/HG P50 HG 002790)

Role: Co-investigator (PI: M.S. Waterman)


Computational and Mathematical Study in Protein Interactions and Functions (NSF/DMS-0241102)

Role: Co-PI (PI:F. Sun)


New MS/MS Approach to protein sequencing and identification (NIH/NIGMS 1 R01-RR16522-01)

Role: PI, Subcontract(PI: P. Pevzner)


Algorithmic study in computational proteomics (NSF/ITR EIA-0112934)

Role: PI

Grant Review and Paper Review

  • Review for Grants: NIH(BDMA, BST), NSF, DOE, NSERC (Canada), ASTAR (Singapore), Microsoft Research, NSFC(National Science Foundation, China), ISF (Israel)
  • Review for Journals: Nature Biotechnology, Genome Research, PNAS, Genome Biology, Nucleic Acid Research, Genetics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Journal of Proteomic Research, Analytical Chemistry, BMC Bioinformatics, Journal of Computational Biology, IEEE Transaction of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Pacific Symposium of Biocomputing, Discrete Applied Mathematics, RECOMB, ISMB, APBC,