John Tsang, Ph.D., leads a laboratory focusing on systems and quantitative immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also co-directs the Trans-NIH Center for Human Immunology (CHI) and leads its research program in systems human immunology. Tsang trained in computer engineering and computer science at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and received his Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University.
Before joining the NIH, Tsang worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley; pursued genomics and proteomics at Rosetta Inpharmatics (Kirkland, Wash.) and Caprion Proteomics (Québec, Canada); and conducted systems biology and bioinformatics research on microRNAs and integrative genomics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Merck Research Laboratories (North Wales, Pa.).
Tsang received several awards for his research, including NIAID Merit Awards for the development of a data reuse and crowdsourcing platform OMiCC and for leading a systems biology study of human immune variability and influenza vaccination, which was selected as one of the top 20 NIAID Research Advances of 2014.
Tsang is a voting member of the Steering Committee of the Human Immunology Project Consortium and the Systems Biology Program in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) of NIAID. He has served as a scientific advisor on systems immunology and bioinformatics for a number of programs and organizations including ImmPort (the clinical and molecular data repository for NIAID), the Committee on Precision Medicine for the World Allergy Organization, the NIAID Modeling Immunity for Biodefense (MIB) program, the Allen Institute, and the Immuno-Epidemiology Program at the National Cancer Institute.