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
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Korf Lab in the news

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.

Nov 1, 2013: Kristen made a list of the Top 10 moments of the IMGC symposium for the SPLASH! newsletter

Oct 1, 2013: The new paper by Lemay et al., was featured in This Week in PLOS by Genome Web.

Sep 24, 2013: An article on genome assembly by My Science Work includes an interview with Keith Bradnam about Assemblathon 2 & 3.

Aug 12, 2013: Biome Magazine includes a piece that features Ian Korf discussing a novel platform for bioinformatics education (with Daniel Barker)

Aug 8, 2013: Biome, the online magazine for BioMed Central, features an extensive Q&A with Keith Bradnam about the Assemblathon 2 paper.

Jul 22, 2013: The News blog at Nature.com writes about the Assemblathon 2 paper.

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