Our Team

Xinxia Peng, MS, PhD

Dr. Peng received his Ph.D. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and worked as a Bioinformatics Manager at Seattle BioMed (now Center for Infectious Disease Research), where he performed transcriptomics and proteomics data analyses to improve malaria vaccine design and to identify drug targets. In 2008 he joined the University of Washington as a computational research scientist. He was promoted to a Research Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Microbiology in 2012. Dr. Xinxia Peng joined NC State in July 2016 as Dean’s Faculty Excellence cluster hire, in the field of “Translational Genomics of Infectious Diseases”. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Infectious disease in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and a member of NC State Bioinformatics Research Center.

Erin Harrell, MS
Erin graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Master's degree in biomedical sciences. She has a background working in immunology and microbiology laboratories in both academia and industry. Erin joined the lab in 2016 as lab manager and technician. When she's not providing molecular and cellular expertise, she enjoys gardening, beekeeping, and horseback riding.
David Lemler, PhD

David joined NC State as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the fall of 2016 after receiving a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Connecticut. His graduate research focused on iron biology in breast cancer including investigation of the prognostic significance and molecular function of genes associated with outcome of breast cancer patients. At NC State, David will build on his repertoire of bioinformatic techniques and harness his knowledge of molecular biology while contributing to HIV/AIDS research.

Fang Yang, Ph.D.

Fang received a Ph.D. degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked for Bioinformatics Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Data Analyst. Fang has research experiences in animal sciences, nutrition, proteomics, metagenomics, and phylogenetics. Fang also has the expertise to leverage various bioinformatics methodologies and tools, programming languages, Linux shell scripts, and high-performance computing systems to analyze DNA sequencing data. Fang joined the lab in February 2017 as a Research Associate. Fang is establishing associations between the gut microbiome and vaccine efficacy.

Hayden Brochu

After receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering and BS in Physics at NC State, Hayden chose to pursue a career in bioinformatics. He first garnered interest in bioinformatics while doing undergraduate wet lab work, where he helped validate a computational model for ribosome dynamics in E. coli. His mentor, Dr Scott Vu, started RiboWiz Scientific, while Hayden began growing his computational repertoire. Through the Computer Programming Certificate and the Genomic Sciences program at NC State, Hayden has developed expertise in a number of programming languages and bioinformatics tools. Currently a second-year bioinformatics master’s student, Hayden joined the lab in the summer of 2017. He is currently using PacBio long-read sequence data to resolve alternative splicing patterns in Rhesus macaque.