Xin Wang

Ph.D. Students



​I initially obtained my bachelors degree in the Agricultural Facility of Science in Chinese Agricultural University. I later acquired my bioinformatics Masters degree in Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing Institute of Genomics. Before my PhD career, I participated in multiple rice genome projects, including re-annotating the Nipponbare genome based on RNA-seq data, evaluating transposons and miRNAs in rice genome and analyzing the Kasalath genome. Subsequently, I joined Manuel Aranda’s group at the Red Sea Research Center and focused on the comparative genomics of several cnidarians for my PhD research, which set out to understand how calcification evolved in corals.

Research Interests

​The massive calcium carbonate skeletons of reef-building corals form the large structures that provide an essential habitat for a variety of marine species. Here, we set out to understand 1.) how the non-calcifying ancestor of contemporary corals evolved to become a foundation species of an entire ecosystem and 2.) to identify genes essential for the calcification process. For this purpose I used a comparative genomics approach to analyze the genomes of six members of the anthozoan sub-class Hexacorallia, including two non-calcifying Actinaria (Nematostella vectensis and Aiptasia pallida), two Corallimorpharia (Amplexidiscus fenestraferDiscosoma sp.), as well as two calcifying Scleractinia (Stylophora pistillataAcropora digitifera).

Selected Publications

  • Luo, MengMeng, Xin Wang, et al. "MicroRNA profiles and potential regulatory pattern during the early stage of spermatogenesis in mice." Science China Life Sciences 58.5 (2015): 442-450.
  • IC4R Project Consortium. "Information Commons for Rice (IC4R)." Nucleic Acids Research (2015): gkv1141.
  • DiBattista, J D., Xin Wang, et al, Manuel Aranda, and Michael L. Berumen. "Draft genome of an iconic Red Sea reef fish, the blacktail butterflyfish (Chaetodon austriacus): current status and its characteristics." Molecular Ecology Resources (2016)


  • ​Ph.D., Biology, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • M.Sc. Genomics, Chinese Academy Of Science, Beijing, China, 2011-2014
  • B.Sc.  Facility Agriculture, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, 2007-2011

Research Interests Keywords

Bioinformatics Biomineralization Comparative Genomics