Faculty and Staff

WANG Qianfei

Group leader


Dr. WANG Qianfei "Jeffrey" is currently a professor and principal investigator at Beijing Institute of Genomics (BIG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also a joint professor at the State Key Laboratory of Experimental Hematology and a member of the 13th and 14th expert committee in Medical Sciences of National Natural Science Foundation of China. He was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2014.


Dr. WANG received his bachelor degree in clinical medicine from Shandong Medical University in China. He then earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2002 (thesis advisors: Drs. Mark Schlissel and Alan Friedman). Under the supervision of Dr. Edward Rubin, Dr. WANG pursued his postdoctoral training in the Genomics Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Before Dr. WANG joined the faculty at Beijing Institute of Genomics, he was an Assistant Professor (Research Associate) at Section of Hematology/Oncology, the University of Chicago (2007-2009). Dr. WANG's background in clinical medicine, experimental biology and genomics has provided him with a unique opportunity to decipher the molecular mechanism and regulatory network controlling hematopoiesis and the development of human leukemia.




Leukemia is a malignant disease characterized by the uncontrolled accumulation of blood cells. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20. Despite multi agent chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation, the overall survival rate of acute myeloid leukemia is less than 30%.


Through integrative programs combining biochemistry, cellular/molecular biology, and powerful genomics technology platforms, we seeks to transform original raw genomics data and basic research insights into knowledges of precision medicine related to AML diagnosis and treatment. Our lab has employed a combined genomic and functional characterization strategy to: 1) explore the functional and clinical relevance of newly discovered genomic aberrations in acute leukemia; 2) identify key genes/pathways critical for drug resistance in chemotherapy; 3) define genomic signatures for the classification of responders in AML drug treatment.


Selected Publications


1. Li YY, Jin C, Bai H, Gao YX, Sun S, Chen L, Qin L, Liu PP, Cheng LZ*, Wang QF*. Human NOTCH4 is a key target of RUNX1 in megakaryocytic differentiation. Blood. 2017 (Accepted)


2. Huang L, Liu D, Wang N, Ling SP, Tang YT, Wu J, Hao LT, Luo H, Hu XL, Sheng LS, Zhu LJ, Wang D, Luo Y, Shang Z, Xiao M, Mao X, Zhou KG, Cao LH, Dong LL, Zheng XC, Sui PP, He JL, Mo SL, Yan J, Ao QL, Qiu LG, Zhou HS, Liu QF, Zhang HY, Li JY, Jin J, Fu L, Zhao WL, Chen JP, Du X, Qing GL, Liu HD, Liu X, Huang G, Ma D, Zhou JF*, Wang QF*. Integrated Genomic Analysis Identifies Deregulated JAK/STAT-MYC-Biosynthesis Axis in Aggressive NK-cell Leukemia.Cell Research. 2017 (Accepted)


3. Zheng M, Lin FL, Hou FX, Li GL, Zhu CY, Xu PY, Xing CH*, Wang QF*. Association between Promoter Methylation of Gene ERCC3 and Benzene Hematotoxicity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 14(8):921,2017


4. Li JP, He FH, Zhang P, Chen S, Shi H, Sun YL, Guo Y, Yang H, Man N, Greenblatt S, Li ZM, Guo ZY, Zhou Y, Wang L, Morey L, Williams S, Chen X, Wang QT, Nimer S, Yu P, Wang QF*, Xu MJ* and Yang FC*. Loss of Asxl2 leads to myeloid malignancies in mice. Nature Communications. 2017 Jun 8;8:15456. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15456


5. Yu RX, Liu D, Yang Y, Han YY, Li LR, Zheng LY, Winges DM, Wang J, Zhang Y, Wang QF* and Wang Q*. Expression profiling-based clustering of healthy subjects recapitulates classifications defined by clinical observation in Chinese medicine. Journal of Genetics and Genomics. 44(4):191-7,2017


6. Zhang P, Xing CH, Rhodes SD, He YZ, Deng K, Li ZM, He FH, Zhu CY, Nguyen L, Zhou Y, Chen S, Mohammad K S, Guise TA, Abdel-Wahab O, Xu MJ, Wang QF* and Yang FC*. Loss of asxl1 alters self-renewal and cell fate of bone marrow stromal cell, leading to Bohring-Opitz-like syndrome in Mice. Stem Cell Reports. 6(6):914-925,2016 


7. Kang L*, Wu J, Tao Y, Li HL, Liu XL, Gao SR* and Wang QF*. Cell type-specific expression profile and signaling requirements in early hematopoietic reprogramming. Stem Cells Dev. 24(12),1483-1492,2015


8. Chen AL, Yang JY, Hu SY* and Wang QF*. The priming inducton regimen of HAG as a low dose strategy in AML clonal evolution. Sci China Life Sci.58(12),1302-1305,2015 


9. Wang QF* and Cheng T*. Evidences for mutations in the histone modifying gene SETD2 as critical drivers in leukemia development. Sci China Life Sci. 57(9):944-946,2014


10. Cai J, Miao XX, Li YY, Smith C, Tsang K, Cheng LZ* and Wang QF*. Whole-genome sequencing identifies genetic variances in culture-expanded human mesenchymal stem cells. Stem Cell Reports. 3(2):227-233,2014 


11. Zhu XF, He FH, Zeng HM, Ling SP, Chen AL, Wang YQ, Yan XM, Wei W, Pang YK, Cheng H, Hua CL, Zhang Y, Yang XJ, Lu X, Cao LH , Hao LT, Dong LL, Zou W, Wu J, Li X, Zheng S, Yan J, Zhou J, Zhang LX , Mi SL, Wang XJ, Zhang L, Zou Y, Chen YM, Geng Z, Zhou JF, Wang JM, Liu X, Wang JX, Yuan WP, Huang G*, Cheng T* and Wang QF*. Identification of functional cooperative mutations of SETD2 in human acute leukemia. Nature Genetics. 46(3): 287-293,2014


12. Zhou J, Wu J, Li B, Liu D, Yu J, Yan XM, Zheng S, Wang JG, Zhang LX, Zhang L, He FH, Li Q, Chen AL, Zhang Y, Zhao XH, Guan YH, Zhao XH, Yan J, Ni J, Nobrega M, Löwenberg B, Delwel R, Valk P J, Kumar A, Xie L, Tenen DG, Huang G* and Wang QF*. PU.1 is essential for MLL leukemia partially via crosstalk with the MEIS/HOX pathway. Leukemia. 28(7): 1436-1448, 2014 


13. Wang QF*, Li YJ, Dong JF, Li B, KaberleinJJ, Zhang L, Arimura FE, Luo RT, Ni J, He FH, Wu J, Mattison R, Zhou J, Wang CZ, Prabhakar S, Nobrega M A and Thirman M J*. Regulation of MEIS1 by distal enhancer elements in acute leukemia. Leukemia.28(1):138-146,2014 


14. Wang QF, Wu G, Mi SL, He FH, Wu J, Dong JF, Luo RT, Mattison R, Kaberlein JJ, Prabhakar S, Ji HK and Thirman MJ. MLL fusion proteins preferentially regulate a subset of wild type MLL target genes in the leukemic genome. Blood.117(25):6895-6905,2011


15. Xing C*, Wang QF*, Li B, Tian H, Ni Y, Yin S and Li G. Methylation and expression analysis of tumor suppressor genes p15 and p16 in benzene poisoning. Chemico-Biological Interactions. 184:306-309,2010


16. Wang QF*, Prabhakar S, Chanan S, Cheng JF, Rubin EM and Boffelli D*. Detection of weakly conserved ancestral mammalian regulatory sequences by primate comparisons. Genome Biology. 8(1):R1, 2007 


17. Wang QF§, Prabhakar S§, Wang Q, Moses A, Chanan S, Brown M, Eisen M, Cheng JF, Rubin E and Boffelli D. Primate-specific evolution of an LDLR enhancer. Genome Biology.7(8):R68, 2006 (共同第一作者)


18. Wang QF, Liu X, O’nell J, Peng Z, Krauss R, Rainwater DL, Vandeberg JL, Rubin EM, Cheng J F and Pennacchio LA. Haplotypes in the APOA1-C3-A4-A5 Gene Cluster affect Plasma Lipids in both Humans and Baboons. Human Molecular Genetics.13(10):1049-1056,2004


19. Wang QF, Cleaves R, Kummalue T, Nerlov C and Friedman A D. Cell cycle inhibition mediated by the outer surface of the C/EBPalpha basic region is required but not sufficient for granulopoiesis. Oncogene. 22(17):2548-2557,2003


20. Wang QF and Friedman A D. C/EBPs are required for granulopoiesis independent of their induction of the granulocyte-colony stimulating factor receptor. Blood. 99(8):2776-2785, 2002


21. Wang QF, Lauring J, and Schlissel M S. c-Myb binds to a sequence in the proximal region of the RAG-2 promoter and is essential for promoter activity in T-lineage cells.Molecular and Cellular Biology.20:9203-9211,2000 




Cheng Tao, Wang Qianfei, Zhu Xiaofan, Yuan Weiping, Assay kit for detecting mutations in the SETD2 gene (SETD2), 2015.3.11, China, ZL 201310107889.9


Awards and Honors


2014 The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars

2015 Zhu Liyuehua Excellent Teacher Award

2015 National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talents Project

2016 State Council Expert for Special Allowance


Group Members




YAN Jin: Research assistant

LI Yueying: Research assistant professor (Experimental biology)

CHEN Aili: Research assistant professor (Experimental biology)

YU Xuexin: Research assistant professor (Bioinformatics)


Graduate Students



YANG Xuejing




BU Jiachen



JIN Chen






YANG Jingyi









HE Minkun


JIANG Shuting

LEI Ying

GU Wen


Visiting Graduate Students








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