Yafei Mao

  • Tel: +86-021-62932151
  • Email: yafmao@sjtu.edu.cn
  • Address: Little White House, 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai, 200030, China
  • Lab Web: https://www.yafmao.org/
  • Our lab has broad interests in evolution, genomics, and neurological diseases. We combine experimental and computational approaches to investigate (epi)genomic changes in primate evolution.

Research Interests

Evolutionary Genomics

Our lab has broad interests in ecological and evolutionary genomics. Our research focuses on two main topics: structural variation (SV) and gene tree discordance (GTD). We combine experimental and computational approaches to investigate genome architectures of SV and GTD in corals and primates. We aim to understand how those architectures are associated with the origins of human genetic diseases and the adaptive evolution of corals and primates.

Selected Publications

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    Mao, Y.*, Zhang, G. (2022) A complete, telomere-to-telomere human genome sequence presents new opportunities for evolutionary genomics. Nature Methods, 19, 635–638.


    Mao, Y., Catacchio, C.R., Hillier, L.W., Porubsky, D., Li, R., Sulovari, A., ... & Eichler, E.E. (2021). A high-quality bonobo genome refines the analysis of hominid evolution. Nature, 594(7861), 77-81.


    Mao, Y.*, Hou, S., Shi, J., & Economo, E.P. (2020). TREEasy: an automated workflow to infer gene trees, species trees, and phylogenetic networks from multilocus data. Molecular Ecology Resource, 2020;20:832–840.


    Mao, Y.*, & Satoh, N. (2019). A likely ancient genome duplication in the speciose reef-building coral genus, Acropora. Iscience, 13, 20-32.


    Mao, Y.*, Economo, E.P., & Satoh, N. (2018). The roles of introgression and climate change in the rise to dominance of Acropora corals. Current Biology, 28(21), 3373-3382.