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The CEM and Department of Biological Chemistry welcome two new faculty members

Marcus SeldinMarcus Seldin, PhD

After an extensive search, the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism is pleased to welcome Marcus Seldin, PhD as Assistant Professor and our newest faculty member. Dr. Seldin will be joining the CEM and Department of Biological Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Summer 2019. As a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Seldin continued his graduate training at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Dr. Guang William Wong. His research investigated how metabolically-relevant tissues relay signals to one another, specifically focusing on how muscle communicates its nutrient status to the liver and adipose tissue.  Throughout his postdoctoral training, Dr. Seldin worked in the Dr. Aldons Jake Lusis Laboratory at UCLA in the field of systems genetics, taking a broader “systems” view to better understand the complexity underlying cardiometabolic traits. Marcus’s laboratory and office will be located on the 3rd floor of Sprague Hall in the School of Medicine. Welcome to UCI Marcus! 


Wei LiWei Li, PhD

The Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism is delighted to welcome Wei Li, PhD to the Department of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Li is a world-renowned expert in genomics and Biocomputing and has developed most of his career at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX). Research by Wei Li is focused on the design and application of bioinformatics algorithms to elucidate global regulatory mechanisms in development and diseases such as cancer. Dr. Li has a solid track record in large-scale genomics and epigenomics data analysis, and in developing widely used open-source bioinformatics software. In collaboration with experimental biologists, Wei Li has used big data bioinformatics analysis to gain novel biological insights in development, aging, stem cell, neurologic disorders, as well as breast, prostate, brain and blood cancers. Since establishing his own bioinformatics lab in early 2008, Dr. Li has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers through solid methodology development and extensive collaboration research, including 22 in Nature, Science and Cell series. Welcome to UCI Wei!