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Yi Xiao

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Office: 1122 IGB

Research Interests

Leaf Photosynthesis; Photosynthetic Metabolism; Model-data Integration; Bayesian Statistics

Research Program

Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE)


Doctorate in Computational Biology
Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
University of Science and Technology of China, 2010


Yi Xiao is a postdoctoral researcher working in the lab of Steve Long at the University of Illinois. His research aims to predict leaf photosynthesis with a computer, especially the effect of leaf structure. For the RIPE project, Yi will be developing a computer tool to infer the effects of different anatomical features on leaf photosynthesis, thus identifying potential targets for improving leaf photosynthesis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China and went on to complete a doctorate in computational biology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Yi’s work has been published in Plant, Cell & Environment and Journal of Experimental Botany.

The LongLab is supported by many public and private partnerships, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the UK Government's Department for International Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

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