About me

I am currently a postdoc at the Division of Oncology and the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, working with Christopher Maher, on "canceromics". Earlier, I was a graduate student in the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology program at Virginia Tech, working under the supervision of Christopher Lawrence at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (now the Biocomplexity Institute), on fungal genomics and "allergomics". Before that, I was an undergraduate student at the School of Information and Communication Technology at Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Vietnam, where I developed a (currently inactive) Vietnamese search engine in my senior thesis. My expertise is summarized in several keywords: bioinformatics, computational biology, next-generation sequencing data analysis (DNA-Seq, RNA-Seq), cancer, tumor heterogeneity, clonal evolution, survival analysis, applied machine learning, long non-coding RNA (lncRNA).


I am from Vietnam, and my Vietnamese name is written Đặng Xuân Hà.


*** Abbreviated CV

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

  • Postdoc, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014 - present

  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Genetics/Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, 2014

  • B.E., Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Computer Science, 2003


HONORS AND AWARDS

  • AACR-Aflac, Inc. Scholar-in-Training Award, 2015

  • Vietnam Education Foundation (http://vef.gov) Professional Development Grant, 2007-2014

  • Vietnam Education Foundation Fellows and Scholars Service Award, 2011

  • Vietnam Education Foundation Travel Grant, 2009

  • Vietnam Education Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2009

  • Excellence in teaching, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, 2006

  • TOKAI scholarship for outstanding academic performance, 2000

  • Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training scholarship, 1999


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Reviewer for: Nature Genetics, Clinical Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Research, PloS Genetics, The Journal of Pathology, BMC Genomics, Scientific Reports, FEBS Letters, Thoracic Disease, Molecular Biology Reports

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Founder and President, Vietnamese Community at Virginia Tech (aka. Viet Tech), 2010-2012

  • Champion, Virginia Tech's summer intramural tennis tournament, 2010

  • Delegate, Virginia Tech's Genetics/Bioinformatics & Computational Biology program, 2009


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
(* co-first authors; see full list at my Google Scholar Profile or my PubMed collection)
  • White N, Zhao S, Zhang J, Rozycki E, Dang H. X., McFadden S, Eteleeb A, Alshalalfa M, Vergara I, Erho N, Arbeit J, Karnes R, Den R, Davicioni E, Maher C. (2016). Multi-institutional Analysis Shows that Low PCAT-14 Expression Associates with Poor Outcomes in Prostate Cancer. European Urology. WashU News
  • Dang, H. X., & Maher, C. A. (2015). Clonotyping for precision oncology. Drug Discovery Today.
  • Malachi Griffith, Christopher A. Miller, Obi L. Griffith, Kilannin Krysiak, Zachary L. Skidmore, Avinash Ramu, Jason R. Walker, Ha X. Dang, Lee Trani, David E. Larson, Ryan T. Demeter, Michael C. Wendl, Joshua F. McMichael, Rachel Austin, Vincent Magrini, Sean McGrath, Amy Ly, Shashikant Kulkarni, Matt Cordes, Catrina C. Fronick, Robert S. Fulton, Christopher A. Maher, Li Ding, Jeffery M. Klco, Elaine R. Mardis, Timothy J. Ley, Richard K. Wilson. Optimizing cancer genome sequencing and analysis. Cell Systems. 2015
  • Cabanski, C. R.*, White, N. M.*, Dang, H. X., Silva-Fisher, J. M., Rauck, C. E., Cicka, D., & Maher, C. A. (2015). Pan-cancer transcriptome analysis reveals long noncoding RNAs with conserved function. RNA biology
  • Dang, H. X., Pryor, B., Peever, T., & Lawrence, C. B. (2015). The Alternaria genomes database: a comprehensive resource for a fungal genus comprised of saprophytes, plant pathogens, and allergenic species. BMC genomics, 16(1), 239
  • White, N. M.*, Cabanski, C. R.*, Silva-Fisher, J. M., Dang, H. X., Govindan, R., & Maher, C. A. (2014). Transcriptome sequencing reveals altered long intergenic non-coding RNAs in lung cancer. Genome Biol, 15(8), 429 MGI News
  • Dang, H. X., & Lawrence, C. B. (2014). Allerdictor: fast allergen prediction using text classification techniques. Bioinformatics, 30(8), 1120-1128. VT News
  • Hu, J., Chen, C., Peever, T., Dang, H. X., Lawrence, C., & Mitchell, T. (2012). Genomic characterization of the conditionally dispensable chromosome in Alternaria arborescens provides evidence for horizontal gene transfer. BMC genomics, 13(1), 171