St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has named Jinghui Zhang, PhD, as the first Chair of the Department of Computational Biology. She will hold the St. Jude Endowed Chair in Bioinformatics.
Computational biology applies mathematics and computer science to the study of genomics, systems biology, biologic image analysis, and structural and chemical biology. The 28,700 square-foot space will be named Brooks Brothers Computational Biology Center and will hold both laboratories and offices, while also being home to a state-of-the-art genome-sequencing laboratory. Under Dr. Zhang’s leadership, the department will grow to include nine faculty members during the next several years.
Dr. Zhang joined St. Jude in 2010. ■