Jan-Fang Cheng oversees the JGI's Process Optimization Group and the Cloning Technology Group. He received his Bachelor's degree in Agronomy from National Taiwan University. After earning a M.S. in Genetic and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at Pennsylvania State University, he worked with Dr. Charles Cantor at Columbia University to clone the human telomeres in his postdoctoral training. In 1989, Dr. Cheng joined the Human Genome Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to lead the efforts of mapping novel transcripts on human chromosome 21. In 1997, Jan-Fang became the leader of the Mapping Groups at the Joint Genome Institute. His group completed the clone-base maps of human chromosomes 5. In 2007, Jan-Fang took over the leadership of the Process Optimization and the Cloning Technology at the JGI. His group is improving the current methods of library construction and sequencing as well as developing new approach of cloning and sequencing to enable discoveries of new genomes and genes for the bioenergy research.
Contact: Jan-Fang Cheng