Jinfeng Chen


Jinfeng Chen worked in the Stajich and Wessler Laboratories from February 2013-May 2019. He completed his Ph.D in Genetics from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012 working on comparative genomics of Foxtail millet, Rice and related Oryza species.

Jinfeng joined City of Hope as Research Scientist in May 2019.


  • 2006-2012 Ph.D. in Genetics Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. Advisor: Dr. Mingsheng Chen
  • 2004-2006 M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology College of Life Science, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China. Advisor: Dr. Shiheng Tao
  • 2000-2004 B.S. in Biotechnology College of Life Science, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China.


  1. Chen J, Lu L, Benjamin J, Diaz S, Hancock CN, Stajich JE, Wessler SR.Tracking the origin of two genetic components associated with transposable element bursts in domesticated rice. Nat Commun. 2019;10(1):641. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08451-3.

  2. Song Z, Stajich JE, Xie Y, Liu X, He Y, Chen J, Hicks GR, Wang G.Comparative analysis reveals unexpected genome features of newly isolated Thraustochytrids strains: on ecological function and PUFAs biosynthesis. BMC Genomics. 2018;19(1):541. doi: 10.1186/s12864-018-4904-6.

  3. Lu L§, Chen J§, Robb SM, Okumoto Y, Monden Y, Naito K, Stajich JE, Wessler SR. Tracking the genome-wide outcomes of a transposable element burst over decades of amplification. PNAS. 2017; 114 (49) E10550-E10559. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716459114.

  4. Chen, J., Huang, Q., Guo, D., Wang, J., Lang, Y., et al and Chen, M. (2013). Whole Genome Sequencing of Oryza brachyantha Reveals Mechanisms Underlying Oryza Genome Evolution. Nature Communications 4:1595.
  5. Gao, D., Chen, J., Chen, M., Meyers, B. C., and Jackson, S. (2012). A Highly Conserved, Small LTR Retrotransposon that Preferentially Targets Genes in Grass Genomes. PLoS One 7, e32010.
  6. Wang, C*., Chen, J*., Zhi, H., Yang, L., Li, W., Wang, Y., Li, H., Zhao, B., Chen, M., and Diao, X. (2010). Population genetics of foxtail millet and its wild ancestor. BMC Genet 11, 90. (*equal contribution)
  7. Lu, F., Ammiraju, J. S., Sanyal, A., Zhang, S., Song, R., Chen, J., Li, G., Sui, Y., Song, X., Cheng, Z., de Oliveira, A. C., Bennetzen, J. L., Jackson, S., Wing, R. A., and Chen, M. (2009). Comparative sequence analysis of the MONOCULM1 orthologous regions in fourteen Oryza genomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106, 2071-2076.
  8. Chen, J., Lu, F., Chen, S., and Tao, S. (2006). Significant positive correlation between the recombination rate and GC content in the human pseudoautosomal region. Genome 49, 413-419.

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