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Stephen Rong, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate


Stephen is a Yale-Boehringer Ingelheim Postdoctoral Fellow in the Reilly Lab interested in developing novel computational tools for understanding how non-coding genetic variation influences gene expression, adaptive traits, and trait associations across human populations. He completed his BA at Washington University majoring in math and anthropology with a minor in biology. His undergraduate thesis was on math models of the evolution of eusociality. Stephen completed his PhD from Brown University in the Center for Computational Molecular Biology in the Fairbrother Lab. He studied the population and functional genomics of splicing in human evolution and disease using massively parallel splicing assays. He was part of the Brown-MBL IGERT in Reverse Ecology and was supported by an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cooking, scifi/fantasy, exploring new restaurants, museums, and nature.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Brown University, Center for Computational Molecular Biology (2021)
  • BA
    Washington University in St. Louis, Mathematics, Anthropology (2014)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale University and Boehringer Ingelheim Biomedical Data Science FellowshipYale University/Boehringer Ingelheim2023
National Science Foundation Graduate Research FellowshipNational Science Foundation2016

Professional Service

Brown Junior Researchers ProgramLocal public school science outreach2016 - 2018
Vartan Volunteers ProgramLocal public school science outreach2015 - 2016