Dr. Dawei Li was trained in human genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. He is currently an associate professor and the director of genomic medicine of Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He has published 55 peer-reviewed papers. His lab has recently developed bioinformatics approaches for innovative deep sequencing data analyses, including genome-wide genotyping of transposable elements and virome-wide detection of viral integrations. His current research focuses on developing innovative genomic and omics research methods and applications to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), aiming to find the root causes of the disease. His ME/CFS research over the next few years will involve identification of genetic variants using whole-genome sequencing; analysis of genome-wide DNA methylation; and analysis of the transcriptome using RNA-Seq. He will also study the links between endogenous retrovirus variants and their expression and the inflammatory immune response features observed in ME/CFS. The ultimate goal of his research is to inform diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of ME/CFS.



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