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

Current Status

  • Research Area: Computational and Systems Biology


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. "A major lineage of non-tailed dsDNA viruses as unrecognized killers of marine bacteria." Nature 554, no. 7690 (2018): 118.

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)