Liuyang Wang, PhD

Ko – Lab Members

Headshot of Liuyang Wang, PhDResearch Assistant Professor
0049 CARL
Box 3053 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-613-0517
Fax: 919-613-8646

Research Interests: Evolution of human-pathogen interactions.

I earned my PhD in molecular evolution from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China. After that, I worked as a postdoc in Dr. Priscilla Tucker’s lab at the University of Michigan studying the genomic features of speciation in a natural hybrid zone. In 2011, I came to Duke University and trained in mathematics and theoretical population biology under of Dr. Marcy Uyenoyama. In June 2013, I joined Dr. Dennis Ko’s lab and am interested in the evolution of human-pathogen interactions, developing bioinformatics tools, and finding genetic variants associated with pathogen infection and related inflammatory disorders.


Janoušek V., L.Y. Wang, K. Luzynski, P. Dufková, M. Mrkvicová, M. Nachman, P. Munclinger, M. Macholá, J. Piálek, and P. K. Tucker (2012) Genome-wide architecture of reproductive isolation in a naturally occurring hybrid zone between Mus musculus domesticus and M. m. musculus. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05583.x

Wang L.Y., K. Luzynski, J. Pool, V. Janoušek, P. Dufková, M. Mrkvicová, K. Teeter, M. Nachman, P. Munclinger, M. Macholá, J. Piálek, and P. K. Tucker (2011) Measures of linkage disequilibrium among neighboring SNPs indicate asymmetries across the house mouse hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology 20(14):2985-3000.

Wang L.Y., R.J. Abbott, W. Zheng, P. Chen, Y.J. Wang, and J.Q. Liu (2009) History and evolution of alpine plants endemic to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Aconitum gymnandrum (Ranunculaceae).Molecular Ecology, 18 (4):709-721.