The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Rendong Yang, Assistant Professor and head of the Computational Cancer Genomics lab, received a $1,987,500 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) grant from The National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Dr. Yang’s research program is to develop novel computational algorithms and analytical approaches to analyze large-scale biological and clinical data broadly applicable across diseases and biological systems. The goal of this research is to develop innovative computer tools to identify previously unexplored changes in human RNA that can change the gene sequences and produce disease-causing proteins.

Dr. Yang’s lab is unique at The Hormel Institute because his research leverages advanced computational intelligence to find answers to major diseases, including cancer. He develops algorithms, creates machine learning approaches, and uses large scale data analysis to understand the intersection of genetics, genomics, and human disease and drive precision medicine.