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Yingtong Liu

Yingtong Liu

Yingtong Liu, PhD Student
Office: RRI 403K

Research Interests
My general interest is investigating gene interactions and cell signaling involved in complex biological processes, and further using models to depict processes and predict outcomes. Currently, I am working on single-cell RNA sequencing data to study cancer, focusing on the tumor microenvironment (TME), the surrounding environment of the tumor, which feeds the tumor and assists the progress of cancer. I’m interested in interactions between TME, especially immune cells, and tumors as well as within TME and how TME reacts to clinical treatments.

How I Got Into Science
From an early age, I was attracted by the mystery of life. Why are animals different from other objects? What makes living different from non-living? With such curiosity, I like biology most in middle school and I spent a lot of time on it. The greatness of life led me to choose a biology-related major as an undergraduate and a genomics lab broadened my perspective of biology and brought me to quantitative analysis of biological data.

Fast Facts
Favorite activity outside of work: Rhythm game
Favorite book: The Courage to Be Disliked
What undergraduate major I’d pick outside of STEM: Library management