Dr Jun Wang

PhD
Senior Lecturer
Group Leader
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Research Focus

My main research interests lie in applying bioinformatics and computational approaches to analyse large-scale cancer datasets to uncover novel diagnostic and prognostic features. I also lead the Cancer Research UK Barts Centre Bioinformatics Core Facility.

Key Publications

The genomic landscape of cutaneous SCC reveals drivers and a novel azathioprine associated mutational signature. Nature Commun (2018) 9(2) 3667. PMID: 30202019

IW-Scoring: an Integrative Weighted Scoring framework for annotating and prioritising genetic variations in the noncoding genome. Nucleic Acids Research (2018) 46(8):e47. PMID: 29390075

Reduced expression of histone methyltransferases KMT2C and KMT2D correlates with improved outcome in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Cancer Research (2016) 76(16):4861-71. PMID: 27280393

Integrated genomic analysis identifies recurrent mutations and evolution patterns driving the initiation and progression of follicular lymphoma. Nature Genetics (2014) 46(2):176-81. PMID: 24362818

Major Funding
  • 2019-2022- Barts Charity Large Project Award, Investigation of the immune environment of keratinocyte skin cancer progression with implications for risk prediction and targeted prevention, Co-Investigator, £498,534.52 in total, £166,000 awarded to JW

  • 2018-2023- Cancer Research UK Accelerator Award, Early detection and intervention: Understanding the mechanisms of transformation and hidden resistance of incurable haematological malignancies, Co-investigator, £1.6M in total, £149,000 to JW

  • 2018-2020- Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award, Characterisation of functional non-coding mutations in follicular lymphoma, £100,000
Research

My main research interests lie in applying bioinformatics and computational approaches to analyse large-scale cancer datasets to uncover novel diagnostic and prognostic features.

I also lead the BCC Bioinformatics Core Service.

Cancer is a complex genetic disease caused by DNA abnormalities. The significant reduction in sequencing costs has allowed individual researchers to carry out “routine” DNA/RNA sequencing tasks to decipher these genetic aberrations. Given the increasing amount of omics datasets and cancer big-data, the challenges are in how to analyse large-scale datasets and interpret the results accurately and efficiently, and to identify “driver” events and predictive biomarkers in tumour development and progression.

Our research interests include the following:

  • Discovery of novel driver events and diagnostic / prognostic signatures in cancer development and progression based on large-scale cancer multi-omics datasets and data integration.
  • Identification of clonal evolutionary patterns using sequential and spatial tumour samples.
  • Roles of noncoding sequence variants and dysregulated noncoding RNAs in cancer. We have recently developed a novel computational algorithm termed "IW-Scoring" to facilitate the discovery of functional noncoding mutations and variants. We aim to identify noncoding driver events using a combination of ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, WGS and targeted sequencing.
  • Investigation of immune and stroma landscape and its application in patient subgrouping and prognostic signatures in cancer.
Major Funding
  • 2019 - 2022- Barts Charity Large Project Award, Investigation of the immune environment of keratinocyte skin cancer progression with implications for risk prediction and targeted prevention, Co-Investigator, £498,534.52 in total, £166,000 awarded to JW

  • 2018-2023- Cancer Research UK Accelerator Award, Early detection and intervention: Understanding the mechanisms of transformation and hidden resistance of incurable haematological malignancies, Co-investigator, £1.6M in total, £149,000 to JW

  • 2018-2021- MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship, £83,280

  • 2018-2020- Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award, Characterisation of functional non-coding mutations in follicular lymphoma, £100,000

  • 2017-2022- Cancer Research UK, Programme Award, Improving outcome for patients with Poor Risk Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, £1.9M in total, Co-investigator

  • 2017-2020- MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship, £83,280

Recent Publications

A Virus-Infected, Reprogrammed Somatic cell-derived Tumor cell (VIReST) vaccination regime can prevent initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer. Lu S, Zhang Z, Du P et al. Clin Cancer Res (2019) (2)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31767564

MLH1 deficiency leads to deregulated mitochondrial metabolism Martin S Cell Death and Disease (2019) 10(1) 795-795

Epigenetic Regulation of iASPP-p63 Feedback Loop in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Robinson DJ, Patel A, Purdie KJ et al. Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2019) 139(7) 1658-1671.e8

A unique panel of patient-derived cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma cell lines provides a preclinical pathway for therapeutic testing Hassan S, Purdie KJ, Wang J et al. International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2019) 20(7)

Correction: Genomic profiling reveals spatial intra-tumor heterogeneity in follicular lymphoma (Leukemia, (2018), 32, 5, (1261-1265), 10.1038/s41375-018-0043-y) Araf S, Wang J, Korfi K et al. Leukemia (2019) 33(7) 1540

Transmission of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma by an allogeneic stem-cell transplant. Araf S, Wang J, Ashton-Key M et al. Haematologica (2019) 104(1) e174-e177
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29976740

Applications and analysis of targeted genomic sequencing in cancer studies Bewicke-Copley F, Arjun Kumar E, Palladino G et al. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal (2019) 17(7) 1348-1359

Repurposing an anti-cancer agent for the treatment of hypertrophic heart disease Dukinfield M, Maniati E, Reynolds LE et al. Journal of Pathology (2019) (7)

The identification and interpretation of cis-regulatory noncoding mutations in cancer Patel MB, Wang J High-Throughput (2019) 8(7)

MicroRNA and transcriptome analysis in periocular Sebaceous Gland Carcinoma Bladen JC, Wang J, Sangaralingam A et al. Scientific Reports (2018) 8(7)

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Team

Postdoctoral Researchers
Dr Eleni ManiatiDr Findlay Copley, Dr Faraz Khan

Bioinformatician
Mr Firat Uyulur

PhD Students
Ms Minal Patel, Ms Sheila Barasa, Connor Knight

Biography
  • 2016- : Lecturer in Bioinformatics / Computational Biology, BCI, QMUL.
  • 2010-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics and Cancer Genomics, Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), QMUL.
  • 2008-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics, Department of Plant Science, Rothamsted Research.
  • 2004-2008: PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh - Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award.
  • 2003-2004: MSc in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis, Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, University of Edinburgh.
  • 1999-2003: BEng in Biological Engineering, College of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.