Jiyang Chang

Jiyang Chang — PhD student
Joined the group in 2020

The expanding world population poses a great challenge on sustainable global food supply and nutrition demands. Out of an estimated 50,000 edible plant species, only a small portion has been selected as major crops for commercial cultivation. To diversify and stabilize the global food supply, minor crops (also known as orphan crops, as these crops are neglected or underutilized by the international research community) could be a partial solution. Furthermore, these minor crops not only play an important role in providing food and nutrition to a large number of people, but also are a treasure of genetic resources as well. With the advent of third generation sequencing technology, Thanks to the rapid development of sequencing technologies, many orphan crops have already been sequenced, such as Faidherbia albida, Moringa oleifera, Sclerocarya birrea, Lablab purpureus, Vigna radiate, Solanum aethiopicum, and others. However, there are still many important orphan crops waiting to get sequenced and studied. My research is focused on these valuable orphan crops and uses state-of-the-art technologies to get the assembly and annotation of these species’ genomes, trying to further broaden our understanding of the evolutionary history of these orphan crops and crop genomics.

Ghent Unversity
September 2020 - present: PhD student, Bioinformatics & Evolutionary Genomics, Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Gent, Belgium.
Annoroad Gene Technology
July 2017 - May 2019: Bioinformatician, the key Responsibilities is genome assembly and annotation.
Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
September 2014 - July 2017: Master of Science in Developmental Biology, The Key Laboratory of Photobiology, CAS.


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