Graduate Students

Current PhD Students:


Mingjing Chen

My name is Mingjing Chen, a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Epidemiology. Before joining UF, I received a master's degree in Medicine in Public Health Laboratory Sciences from West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University. Supervised by Dr. Zhao, I am currently working on a lipidomics study and applying statistical methods to investigate the associations between lipidomics and cardiovascular-related disease. In the next few years, I am looking forward to continuing my study with Dr. Jinying Zhao to identify novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for aging-related chronic diseases. During my spare time, I love playing piano, cooking, exercising, and hiking.

phd student

1st year phd stuDENT

Xiaoxiao Wen

I am Xiaoxiao Wen, a first year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology. My previous research broadly focused on identifying modifiable risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases and related complications. In the following years, I am excited to continue my study with Dr. Jinying Zhao to explore the role of gene-environment interactions, particularly DNA methylation, in the etiology of chronic disease with the use of advanced design and analytical techniques. Prior to joining UF, I had a master's degree in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics from Peking Union Medical College and China's National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases. My favorite thing to do outside of work is dancing.

Headshot, Xiaoxiao Wen