About Korf Lab



Yen Duong

Genetics Graduate Student


Like my cubicle-mate Abby, I also graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Genetics and just couldn't pass up the opportunity to stay in Davis a few more years. I am currently working on my Master's on the nested gene phenomena in worm genomes. Since the discovery of nested genes (genes which are fully ensconced in the intron of another gene) during the mid 1980s, rapid advancement in sequencing technologies has afforded us many new genomes to comb through. By identifying and studying the characteristics of these nested genes, I will gain insight on points such as their method of origin, conservation of orthologs, and applications for evolutionary flags in speciation, among others.

Research interests

  • Nested genes
  • Intron mediated enhancement


  • "A shared DNA-damage-response pathway for induction of stem-cell death by UVB and by gamma irradiation." T. Furukawa, M.J. Curtis, C.M. Tominey, Y.H. Duong, B.W.L. Wilcox, D. Aggoune, J.B. Hays and A.B. Britt, DNA Repair 9 940-948 (2010)doi:10.1016/j.dnarep.2010.06.006
About Korf Lab

Korf Lab in the news

Jun 26, 2015: Keith Bradnam is interviewed by Frontline Genomics Magazine about his life in Bioinformatics.

Apr 8, 2015: Ian Korf is quoted in a Nature commentary article about Bioinformatics Service cores and the need for beter career paths for bioinformaticians.

Mar 16, 2015: Danielle Lemay is interviewed by the UC Davis News team about the new publication by herself, Kristen Beck (lead author), Ian Korf and others that describes new milk proteomes for human and macaque.

Apr 22, 2013: The Assemblathon 2 paper has won the 2013 BioMed Central Open Data award

Dec 10, 2013: A short piece in the UC Davis Alumni Magazine that discusses the new Genomics undergraduate major that Ian Korf co-developed.

Nov 26, 2013: Ian Korf writes a News & Views piece for Nature Methods about two new comparisons of programs that work with RNA-seq data

Nov 1, 2013: Keith B. and Kristen are both featured in a piece on Inquiring Minds as part of the new One UC Davis campaign.

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