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Scholarly biography

Guan completed her first degree in Biology (2006) at Shandong Normal University, Shandong, China. She obtained a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences (2007) and a PhD in Integrated Biology (2013) at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She focused on the application of DNA microarray and RNA-seq in genomic profiling of elite sprint athletes of West African and East Asian origins and transcriptomic profiling of blood doping, at Professor Yannis Pitsiladis's lab first at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow (Nov. 2009-Apr. 2014) and then at the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton (Jun. 2014-Aug. 2020). She currently focuses on tackling the GCRF global challenges research for sustainable development of good health coinciding with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being) at Brighton (Sep. 2020-present). Her work aims at generating knowledge and facilitating the implementation of interventions that can be of use in global and public health, as well as understanding public health emergencies such as COVID-19, by working at the interface between basic and applied science. 

Research interests

Guan's overall research interests lie in the understanding of human biology and disease through a multidisciplinary approach including but not limited to integrating biology and computer science. 

Supervisory Interests

Guan welcomes students who are earger to learn systems biology tools (high-throughput technologies and bioinformatics) and to apply the knowledge to solve unmet issues in health and medicine, and are motivated by forward-thinking science.  


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