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Dong Xu, PhD


Office: 227 Naka Hall

Phone: (573) 882-2299


Lab URL:

Home Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Concentration: Bioinformatics

Education: University of Illinois


As computer researcher with a strong background in molecular biology, Xu practices “bioinformatics.” He uses high-capacity computers to help other researchers analyze huge amounts of data, such as DNA sequences in human and plants. Xu’s lab has developed software programs that assist biological modeling; for example, one of their programs enables scientists to predict how proteins on the cellular level will change, or “fold,” when subjected to certain conditions.