Tang Lab In the Department of Genetics

People: Scientific Profiles

Principal Investigator

Hua Tang, PhD

Hua received her PhD in Statistics, with a minor in Genetics, from Stanford University in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, she was on faculty in the PHS division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Hua joined the Stanford Genetics Department in 2007. The goals of her research are to better understand the evolutionary forces that have shaped the pattern of genetic variation in humans, as well as to elucidate the genetic architecture of complex traits and diseases in the context of human evolution.

Research Associate

Sophie Candille, PhD


Sophie received her PhD in Genetics from Stanford University in 2007, studying the genetic basis of pigmentation and pigmentation patterns in animal models. Sophie joined our lab in 2007 and led a genome-wide association study aiming to uncover the genetic basis of variation in pigmentation and facial features in European populations. She is generally interested in using genetic information and statistical methods to understand the contribution of genetic variation to phenotypic traits, health and disease.




Postdoctoral Fellows

Hong Gao

Bioinformatics Scientist at Verinata, Redwood City, CA

Emily Rains

Scientist at 23andMe, Mountain View, CA

Sandra Beleza

Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, UK

Yoonha Choi

Bioinformatics Scientist at Vericyte, South San Francisco, CA


Graduate Students

Nick Johnson, Statistician at Google, Mountain View, CA



Friends of the Lab


Christopher Kaelin

Senior scientist in Gregory Barsh's lab, in residence in the Tang Lab



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