Dr. Patrick Yizhi Cai

Activities and Service

Jan 2013 - current Guest Editor, ACS Synthetic Biology.
Jan 2013 - current, Programme Committee of European Conference on Artificial Life- ECAL 2013.
May 2012 - current Co-chair of International Programming Team, the 6th International conference on Synthetic Biology (SB6), Imperial College London, London, UK.
Mar 2012, Programming Committee, Biological Systems Design 2012, ISMB, Long Beach, CA, USA.
Oct 2011 - current Editorial Board, Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology.
Jun, 2011, Maryland State Delegation to Asia led by Governor Martin O’Malley (68 members total).
2010, Organizing committee member, 2011 iGEM Asian Regional Jamboree, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, P. R. China
Nov, 2010 Judge, International genetically engineered machines competition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA
2006 - 2007 Asia regional ambassador, International genetically engineered machines competition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

Professional Positions

Dec, 2014 - Current, Associate member, Innogen Institute
May, 2014 - Current, Associate member, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology
Mar, 2014 - Current, Founding Director of Edinburgh Genome Foundry
Jul, 2013 - current, Chancellor's Fellow and group leader, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Jun, 2010 - 2013 AutoDesk Distinguished Scholar, High Throughput Biology Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Aug, 2011 - Current Senior Scientific Consultant, Beijing Genomics Institute, Shenzhen, China
2011 - Current Adjunct Faculty, Department of BioEngineering, College of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, China


Jun, 2010 - Jun, 2013 Postdoc training, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, advised by Dr. Jef Boeke (NAS)
Jan, 2007 - May, 2010 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Ph.D. in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, advised by Dr. Jean Peccoud
Sep, 2005 - Nov, 2006 University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Master of Science, major in Bioinformatics, advised by Dr. Gordon Plotkin (FRS)
Sep, 2001 - Jun, 2005 Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
Bachelor of Engineering with highest honor, enrolled in the Talented Student Program

We thank these research councils and industrial partners for their generous support