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Xuefeng Wang, PhD

Academic Rank: Assistant Member



    • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
    • Immunology

Education & Training


  • Case Western Reserve University, PhD - Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Postdoctoral Fellow - Biostatistics
  • Merck Foundation, Quantitative Science Fellow -

Dr. Wang’s research interests include Biostatistics, statistical genomics, and computational biology.His group develops efficient machine learning methods, such as kernel learning and probabilistic learning, for analyzing data in genomics, drug development and personalized medicine. Dr. Wang is currently involved in multiple collaborative research projects in cancer immunology and cancer epidemiology at Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Wang also holds adjunct faculty positions at Stony Brook University and Yale University. He was a Merck Quantitative Science Fellow (with Robert Elston) at Case Western Reserve University and a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. 


  • Li E, Zhang Y, Tian X, Wang X, Gathungu G, Wolber A, Shiekh SS, Sartor RB, Davidson NO, Ciorba MA, Zhu W, Nelson LM, Robertson CE, Frank DN. Influence of Crohn's disease related polymorphisms in innate immune function on ileal microbiome. PLoS One. 2019 Feb;14(2):e0213108. Pubmedid: 30818349. Pmcid: PMC6395037.
  • Wang X, Chen H, Zhang NR. DNA copy number profiling using single-cell sequencing. Brief Bioinform. 2018 Sep;19(5):731-736. Pubmedid: 28159966. Pmcid: PMC6171490.
  • Li G, Boucher JC, Kotani H, Park K, Zhang Y, Shrestha B, Wang X, Guan L, Beatty N, Abate-Daga D, Davila ML. 4-1BB enhancement of CAR T function requires NF-κB and TRAFs. JCI Insight. 2018 Sep;3(18). Pubmedid: 30232281. Pmcid: PMC6237232.
  • Yu X, Wang X. Tumor immunity landscape in non-small cell lung cancer. PeerJ. 2018 Mar;6:e4546. Pubmedid: 29593943. Pmcid: PMC5868477.
  • Ren Y, Bi C, Zhao X, Lwin T, Wang C, Yuan J, Silva AS, Shah BD, Fang B, Li T, Koomen JM, Jiang H, Chavez JC, Pham L, Sudalagunta PR, Wan L, Wang X, Dalton WS, Moscinski LC, Shain KH, Vose J, Cleveland JL, Sotomayor EM, Fu K, Tao J. PLK1 stabilizes a MYC-dependent kinase network in aggressive B cell lymphomas. J Clin Invest. 2018 Dec;128(12):5517-5530. Pubmedid: 30260324. Pmcid: PMC6264635.
  • Chen L, Reeve J, Zhang L, Huang S, Wang X, Chen J. GMPR: A robust normalization method for zero-inflated count data with application to microbiome sequencing data. PeerJ. 2018 Apr;6:e4600. Pubmedid: 29629248. Pmcid: PMC5885979.
  • Wang X, Zhang Z, Morris N, Cai T, Lee S, Wang C, Yu TW, Walsh CA, Lin X. Rare variant association test in family-based sequencing studies. Brief Bioinform. 2017 Nov;18(6):954-961. Pubmedid: 27677958. Pmcid: PMC5862290.
  • Wang H, Choi Y, Tayo B, Wang X, Morris N, Zhang X, Broeckel U, Hanis C, Kardia S, Redline S, Cooper RS, Tang H, Zhu X. Genome-wide survey in African Americans demonstrates potential epistasis of fitness in the human genome. Genet Epidemiol. 2017 Feb;41(2):122-135. Pubmedid: 27917522. Pmcid: PMC5226866.
  • Yue L, Bartenstein M, Zhao W, Ho WT, Han Y, Murdun C, Mailloux AW, Zhang L, Wang X, Budhathoki A, Pradhan K, Rapaport F, Wang H, Shao Z, Ren X, Steidl U, Levine RL, Zhao ZJ, Verma A, Epling-Burnette PK. Efficacy of ALK5 inhibition in myelofibrosis. JCI Insight. 2017 Apr;2(7):e90932. Pubmedid: 28405618. Pmcid: PMC5374075.
  • Canli T, Wen R, Wang X, Mikhailik A, Yu L, Fleischman D, Wilson RS, Bennett DA. Differential transcriptome expression in human nucleus accumbens as a function of loneliness. Mol Psychiatry. 2016 Nov. Pubmedid: 27801889. Pmcid: PMC5411331.
  • Wang X, Chen M, Yu X, Pornputtapong N, Chen H, Zhang NR, Powers RS, Krauthammer M. Global copy number profiling of cancer genomes. Bioinformatics. 2016 03;32(6):926-928. Pubmedid: 26576652. Pmcid: PMC4907391.
  • Wang X, Ji P, Zhang Y, LaComb JF, Tian X, Li E, Williams JL. Aberrant DNA Methylation: Implications in Racial Health Disparity. PLoS One. 2016;11(4):e0153125. Pubmedid: 27111221. Pmcid: PMC4844165.
  • Wang X, Xing EP, Schaid DJ. Kernel methods for large-scale genomic data analysis. Brief Bioinform. 2015 Mar;16(2):183-192. Pubmedid: 25053743. Pmcid: PMC4375394.
  • Wang X, Yu X, Zhu W, McCombie WR, Antoniou E, Powers RS, Davidson NO, Li E, Williams J. A trimming-and-retrieving alignment scheme for reduced representation bisulfite sequencing. Bioinformatics. 2015 Jun;31(12):2040-2042. Pubmedid: 25681254. Pmcid: PMC4481698.
  • Wang X, Biernacka JM. Assessing the effects of multiple markers in genetic association studies. Front Genet. 2015;6:66. Pubmedid: 25759719. Pmcid: PMC4338793.
  • Tian X, Wang X, Chen J. Network-constrained group lasso for high-dimensional multinomial classification with application to cancer subtype prediction. Cancer Inform. 2014;13(Suppl 6):25-33. Pubmedid: 25635165. Pmcid: PMC4295837.
  • Wang X. Firth logistic regression for rare variant association tests. Front Genet. 2014;5:187. Pubmedid: 24995013. Pmcid: PMC4063169.
  • Wang X, Morris NJ, Zhu X, Elston RC. A variance component based multi-marker association test using family and unrelated data. BMC Genet. 2013 Mar;14:17. Pubmedid: 23497289. Pmcid: PMC3614458.
  • Wang X, Lee S, Zhu X, Redline S, Lin X. GEE-based SNP set association test for continuous and discrete traits in family-based association studies. Genet Epidemiol. 2013 Dec;37(8):778-786. Pubmedid: 24166731. Pmcid: PMC4007511.
  • Tang ZX, Wang XF, Zhang MZ, Zhang YH, Deng DX, Xu CW. The maternal cytoplasmic environment may be involved in the viability selection of gametes and zygotes. Heredity (Edinb). 2013 Apr;110(4):331-337. Pubmedid: 23169560. Pmcid: PMC3607179.
  • Wang X, Morris NJ, Schaid DJ, Elston RC. Power of single- vs. multi-marker tests of association. Genet Epidemiol. 2012 Jul;36(5):480-487. Pubmedid: 22648939. Pmcid: PMC3708310.
  • Wang X, Elston RC, Zhu X. The meaning of interaction. Hum Hered. 2012 Feb;70(4):269-277. Pubmedid: 21150212. Pmcid: PMC3025890.
  • Wang X, Qin H, Morris NJ, Zhu X, Elston RC. Testing gene-environment interactions in gene-based association studies. BMC Proc. 2011 Nov;5 Suppl 9:S26. Pubmedid: 22373316. Pmcid: PMC3287861.
  • Bickeböller H, Houwing-Duistermaat JJ, Wang X, Yan X. Dealing with high dimensionality for the identification of common and rare variants as main effects and for gene-environment interaction. Genet Epidemiol. 2011 Nov;35 Suppl 1:S35-S40. Pubmedid: 22128056.
  • Wang X, Elston RC, Zhu X. Statistical interaction in human genetics: how should we model it if we are looking for biological interaction?. Nat Rev Genet. 2011 Jan;12(1):74. Pubmedid: 21102529. Pmcid: PMC5189671.
  • Wang X, Xu C, Wu R, Larkins BA. Genetic dissection of complex endosperm traits. Trends Plant Sci. 2009 Jul;14(7):391-398. Pubmedid: 19546022.
  • Wang X, Song W, Yang Z, Wang Y, Tang Z, Xu C. Improved genetic mapping of endosperm traits using NCIII and TTC designs. J Hered. 2009 Jul;100(4):496-500. Pubmedid: 19332617.
  • Xu C, Wang X, Li Z, Xu S. Mapping QTL for multiple traits using Bayesian statistics. Genet Res (Camb). 2009 Feb;91(1):23-37. Pubmedid: 19220929.
  • Nock NL, Wang X, Thompson CL, Song Y, Baechle D, Raska P, Stein CM, Gray-McGuire C. Defining genetic determinants of the Metabolic Syndrome in the Framingham Heart Study using association and structural equation modeling methods. BMC Proc. 2009 Dec;3 Suppl 7:S50. Pubmedid: 20018043. Pmcid: PMC2795950.
  • Lu Q, Song Y, Wang X, Won S, Cui Y, Elston RC. The effect of multiple genetic variants in predicting the risk of type 2 diabetes. BMC Proc. 2009 Dec;3 Suppl 7:S49. Pubmedid: 20018041. Pmcid: PMC2795948.
  • Yang Z, Gu S, Wang X, Li W, Tang Z, Xu C. Molecular evolution of the CPP-like gene family in plants: insights from comparative genomics of Arabidopsis and rice. J Mol Evol. 2008 Sep;67(3):266-277. Pubmedid: 18696028.
  • Yang Z, Zhou Y, Wang X, Gu S, Yu J, Liang G, Yan C, Xu C. Genomewide comparative phylogenetic and molecular evolutionary analysis of tubby-like protein family in Arabidopsis, rice, and poplar. Genomics. 2008 Oct;92(4):246-253. Pubmedid: 18620041.
  • Wang X, Hu Z, Wang W, Li Y, Zhang YM, Xu C. A mixture model approach to the mapping of QTL controlling endosperm traits with bulked samples. Genetica. 2008 Jan;132(1):59-70. Pubmedid: 17427035.
  • Yang Z, Wang X, Gu S, Hu Z, Xu H, Xu C. Comparative study of SBP-box gene family in Arabidopsis and rice. Gene. 2008 Jan;407(1-2):1-11. Pubmedid: 17629421.
  • Tang Z, Wang X, Hu Z, Yang Z, Xu C. Genetic dissection of cytonuclear epistasis in line crosses. Genetics. 2007 Sep;177(1):669-672. Pubmedid: 17720901. Pmcid: PMC2013686.
  • Xiao J, Wang X, Hu Z, Tang Z, Xu C. Multivariate segregation analysis for quantitative traits in line crosses. Heredity (Edinb). 2007 Jun;98(6):427-435. Pubmedid: 17392707.
  • Hu Z, Wang X, Xu C. A method for identification of the expression mode and mapping of QTL underlying embryo-specific characters. J Hered. 2006 Sep;97(5):473-482. Pubmedid: 16982669.
  • Wang X, Ji P, Zhang Y, LaComb JF, Tian X, Li E, Williams JL. Correction: Aberrant DNA Methylation: Implications in Racial Health Disparity. PLoS One. 11(6):e0158251. Pubmedid: 27326861. Pmcid: PMC4915714.