Joy Yang

  • Program Years: 2014-2018
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Computational and Systems Biology
  • Academic Advisor: Martin Polz
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2016)
  • Degree(s):
    B.A. Statistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
    Ph.D. Computational and Systems Biology, MIT, 2019

Current Status

  • Status: Analyst
  • Research Area: Bacteriophage


Yang, J. Y., Fang, W., Miranda-Sanchez, F., Brown, J. M., Kauffman, K. M., Acevero, C. M., Bartel, D. P., Polz, M. F., Kelly, L. (2021). Degradation of host translational machinery drives tRNA acquisition in viruses. Cell Systems. ISSN 2405-4712,

Kauffman, K. M., Hussain, F. A., Yang, J. Y., Arevalo, P., Brown, J. M., Chang, W. K., VanInsberghe, D., Elshirbini, J., Cutler, M. B., Kelly, L., Polz, M. F. (2018). A major lineage of non-tailed dsDNA viruses as unrecognized killers of marine bacteria. Nature 554, no. 7690.

Yang, J. Y., Brooks, S., Meyer, J. A., Blakesley, R. R., Zelazny, A. M., Segre, J. A., & Snitkin, E. S. (2013). Pan-PCR, a computational method for designing bacterium-typing assays based on whole-genome sequence data. Journal of clinical microbiology, 51(3), 752. doi:10.1128/JCM.02671-12

Findley, K., Oh, J., Yang, J., Conlan, S., Deming, C., Meyer, J. A., Shoenfeld, D., Nomicos, E., Park, M., NISC Sequencing Center, Kong H.H., Segre, J. A. (2013). Topographic diversity of fungal and bacterial communities in human skin. Nature, 498(7454), 367. doi:10.1038/nature12171

Leray, M., Yang, J. Y., Meyer, C. P., Mills, S. C., Agudelo, N., Ranwez, V., Boehm, J.T., Machida, R. J. (2013). A new versatile primer set targeting a short fragment of the mitochondrial COI region for metabarcoding metazoan diversity: application for characterizing coral reef fish gut contents. Frontiers in zoology, 10(1), 34. doi:10.1186/1742-9994-10-34


NSF Travel Award for IEEE Big Data Workshop (09/2014)
National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award (06/2011 - 05/2013)
National Institutes of Health Spring Research Festival Poster Award (06/2012)
National Human Genome Research Institute Diversity and Outreach Award (06/2012)
Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program Award, Summer Funding (06/2010 - 08/2010)