25 June 2024


About the logo:

We Chinese people would like to imbue symbols with multiple meanings. Take, for example, the concept of Yin. It not only represents femininity but also embodies qualities such as tranquility, continuity, and underlying strength. 

Similarly, our logo can be interpreted in different ways. It resembles a lollipop, evoking a sense of sweetness with an accomplishment; it can be seen as a maze, symbolizing the inherent confusion that often accompanies research; it can also be linked to a magnifying glass, signifying the caution and meticulousness required in scientific exploration. Dr. Ben Lengerich added “it looks like circular plot for genomic track!” (yes, it is!)

The tail of the logo can be perceived as a representation of the DNA double helix, the auspicious number 8, or the symbol of infinity, symbolizing the infinite connections and possibilities that research can bring forth.

The circular head of the logo is comprised of six Cs, each representing a core element of scientific research that I hold dear: Curiosity, Compassion, Creativity, Challenge, Communication, and Contemplation. 

Maybe you could see more from it!

About .xyz

I selected the domain name .xyz  to remind us of always seeking for the right positions (in coordinates) for ourselves and our group through research,  active communication,  respecting and caring each other, and being responsible to the society.

My first day at BU medical campus on Aug. 1st., 2023.

Wonderful meeting with wonderful scientists here in person and over zoom! Looking forward to more exciting research to come!

Welcome to stop by, visit, and collaborate!


Lei Hou (侯磊), Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Section of Medical Genetics
Department of Medicine
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Visiting Professor, Computer science & Artificial intelligence laboratory, MIT

16-23, Postdoc/research scientist , Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT. Supervisor: Dr. Manolis Kellis.

13-16, Postdoc/Research associate, Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences , Chinese Academy of Sciences. Supervisor: Dr. Jing-Dong Jackie Han

06-13, PhD student, Bioinformatics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Supervisor: Dr. Jing-Dong Jackie Han.

02-06, undergraduate student, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, China. Thesis supervisor: Drs. Xuegong Zhang, Jing-Dong Jackie Han