Zhiying Xie

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Visiting PhD student


  • MD, Clinical medicine, Soochow University, 2016
  • PhD, Neurology, Peking University, 2016 – present
  • Visiting PhD student, Bioinformatics, Columbia University, 2019 – present

Research Interests

  • Identification of genetic variants of inherited myopathies
  • Identification of imaging biomarkers for muscular dystrophies
  • Clinical and pathological research in neuromuscular disorders

Personal statement

I am a PhD student, majoring in Neurology, in the Department of neurology at Peking University First Hospital. My PhD advisor, Prof. Yun Yuan, is a neurologist specialized in neuromuscular disorders. Under his guidance, my PhD research has focused on clinical, genetic, and pathological aspects of dystrophinopathies. Currently, I am a visiting PhD student in the Center for Statistical Genetics, Department of Neurology at Columbia University. I now perform research in the field of Bioinformatics, under the supervision of Prof. Suzanne M. Leal, in identifying pathogenic variants for inherited myopathies.

My major interest is in the identification of genetic etiologies of neuromuscular disorders. I have published 12 peered reviewed articles regarding to neuromuscular disorders and most of them are related to genetic research. I am either first or co-first author on 4 of these articles.


Contact Information

Leal Lab

  • Address: 622 W. 168th St, 19th floor, New York, NY 10032
  • Email: xiezhiyingxzy [at] 163.com