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Doctoral recipient conducting bioinformatics research at Southern Miss.

Zheng Wang

Adapted from story by Caulder Ceavelin

Zheng Wang, who earned his PhD in computer science at MU in 2012, is now a tenure track faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi last May. Wang teaches C programming language in the School of Computing and is in the process of establishing his own bioinformatics lab.

“Bioinformatics research is very exciting to me, and this is a very exciting opportunity,” said Wang. “I think I’m going to focus on my research, meanwhile trying to do a great job teaching. Both are important.”

Wang’s doctoral adviser, Associate Professor Jianlin Cheng, believes his “extraordinary research capabilities and excellent communication skills [made him] very competitive in the extremely tough academic job market.” Wang contributed to 18 published journal articles as a member of Cheng’s lab, 10 of which list Wang as the first or joint first author.

Adding to his credits: Wang was a postdoc fellow of the “Mizzou Advantage-Preparing Future Faculty” initiative.

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