Mathematical Sciences: Dr. Leung



 Dr. Ming-Ying Leung

 Professor, Mathematical Sciences

 Director, Bioinformatics and Computational Science Programs

 Director, BBRC Bioinformatics Core


 Ph.D., 1989, Mathematics, Stanford University


Dr. Leung's research centers on probabilistic modeling and statistical bioinformatics, focusing on the applications of Markov models, Poisson approximations, and the scan statistics to DNA sequence analysis. She applied the scan statistics to identify unusual clusters of palindromes in the DNA genomes of herpesviruses. An algorithm for predicting viral replication origins based on palindrome clusters and other sequence patterns is currently being developed.


With a research theme in applied probability and statistical bioinformatics, several ongoing projects are funded by NIH, NSF, Texas NHARP, and USDA. Dr. Leung is committed to promote student involvement in research collaboration and scientific publication. Please visit her webpage about student supports for details. To encourage undergraduate and graduate research training for bioinformatics and computational bioscience in agricultural science and biomedical research, she maintains three major funded projects: Bioinformatics Education for Agricultural Science (BEAS), Bioinformatics Computing Laboratory (BCL) for biomedical research, and Undergraduate Participation in Bioinformatics Training (UPBiT).