Kai Yuan, PhD

Kai Yuan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute, advised by Dr. Hailiang Huang. He obtained his PhD in computational biology from the Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. During his PhD training, he worked on population genetics, especially for the admixed populations and developed several methods to infer population evolutionary history.
His research interests focus on developing statistical methods to elucidate the genetic architectures of psychiatric and autoimmune disorders in populations of complex ancestral background. He tries to combine evolutionary and population genetics models with association studies to understand human complex disorders. He is developing a haplotype-based model to describe the relationship between genomics and human complex traits and trying to apply this model to disease risk prediction cross populations.