Xin Wang

CRIG member
Xin Wang

PhD fellow – OncoRNALab, Center for Medical Genetics (UGent)
Principal investigator: prof. Pieter Mestdagh (PhD)


Research focus

Technological advancements have led to the belief that the human genome is more complex than expected, containing tens of thousands of non-coding protein genes. These genes are collectively referred to as long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), emerging as crucial components in various physiological processes. However, the functionality of lncRNA remains a fiercely debated issue, as only a small fraction has undergone experimental scrutiny. Whether most of these molecules function under specific conditions or exhibit certain patterns is still unclear. In our research, we will employ systematic approaches to unveil the biological processes regulated by hundreds of lncRNA in human cells under different conditions. This will provide new fundamental insights into the characteristics of functional lncRNA and involve the development of predictive models, enabling better classification and prioritization of candidate lncRNA molecules for in-depth experimental research.


I obtained a Master's degree in Clinical Medicine in China in 2020, where I realized the significance of biological research in clinical practice. Fascinated by the evolving field of molecular biology, especially the role of non-coding RNA in biological processes and its implications for cancer research, I developed a strong interest in long non-coding RNA. Now, as a PhD fellow, my research focuses on unraveling the mechanisms of long non-coding RNA, aiming to contribute to cancer research.

Contact & links

  • Lab address: UZ campus, blok B, ground floor (entrance 36), room 100.002 
  • Xin Wang is interested to receive invitations for presentations or talks