Dr. Shaojie Zhang's Research
Tue, April 10, 2012:
The research of Dr. Shaojie Zhang, an assistant professor in the Computer Science division of EECS, was described in Genome Technology magazine. The article (http://www.genomeweb.com/informatics/using-new-software-researchers-identify-rna-structural-motifs) describes Dr. Zhang's software that helps researchers find "structural motifs" in the RNA of a sample. The article quotes Dr. Zhang as saying "RNA structural motifs are the recurrent substructures formed by the non-canonical base pairs with conserved geometries and functionalities." The software builds on a previous program from Dr. Zhang and his group. Such structural motifs may be important for finding new understanding and treatment of disease. The article quotes Dr. Zhang as saying: "The RNA structural motifs are critical for many cellular functions and the dysfunction of these RNA structural motifs is likely to result in many diseases."