Curriculum Vitae (in pdf) (in html)



Salk Institute-CNL 10010 North Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA 92037

Work Phone:
(858) 453 4100 ext 1067 (dry-lab) or ext 1009 (wet-lab)

geneyeo at






You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,


You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,


You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self...Walt Whitman

What's in the works


October 1st 2008. I've recently started my new job as an assistant professor at UCSD's department of cellular and molecular medicine, and am faculty in the UCSD Stem Cell Program, Biomedical Sciences and Bioinformatics Graduate Programs .

2nd May 2008. A collaboration on analyses of piRNAs in planarian regeneration with Brenton Graveley has been published at RNA .

9th November 2007. A collaboration on analyses of small RNAs from Dicer knockout mouse ES cells with Mauro Calabrese and Amy Seila at Phillip Sharp's lab at MIT has recently been published at PNAS .

19th October 2007. I gave a talk at the 2nd Annual Stem Cell on the Mesa conference, which was a really fun one day conference held at the Salk. The program is listed here .

October 2007. I'm very honored to play a small part in a paper with Brent Graveley, Marco Blanchette, Joanne Yeakley, Yiannis Savva and Don Rio identifying a Regulator of Dscam Mutually Exclusive Splicing Fidelity .

September 2007. We recently published a method we call REAP (Regression-based Exon Array Protocol) for Affymetrix Exon Array analysis and applied it to identifying alternative splicing changes during neural progenitor specification during human embryonic stem cell differentiation. We are currently performing RNAi knockdowns of particular splicing factors in ES cells. I've deposited the CEL files here

August 2007. Together with Melissa Moore at Brandeis (now at U Mass Medical), we published a recent study showing that a splicing associated factor can modulate synaptic strength and neuronal expression, and we've identified ~100 other candidates genes with conserved introns in the 3'UTR.

June 2007. We published a set of intronic splicing regulatory elements identified in the mammalian genomes. We are currently performing experiments to identify their RNA binding partners. I've deposited the Intronic Splicing Regulatory Elements here

I'm a Junior Fellow at the Crick-Jacobs Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology at the Salk Institute and my fellowship mentors are Rusty Gage and Sean Eddy. Among other goals, one of my objectives here is to uncover the impact of alternative splicing on adult neuronal stem cell differentiation. I'm also involved with exciting collaborations with other groups in the United States and in Singapore. In particular, I am interested in pursuing more cross-continental joint projects to train the next generation of young researchers in Singapore.

I completed my Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience at MIT under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Burge (Dept. of Biology) and Prof. Tomaso Poggio (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Center for Biological and Computational Learning). I continued as a postdoc from Dec 2004 to March 2005, before starting at the Salk Institute.


See article about alternative splicing in the Sept 05 HHMI bulletin. Download pdf from the HHMI website .






My primary research interest is to understand the molecular network-level changes during the specification of neural/neuronal stem cell fate from human/mouse ES and neural stem cells. Specifically, I am interested in (1) identifying alternative splicing (AS) events that are crucial for fate specification, and the RNA binding proteins (splicing factors) that regulate these AS events; and (2) analyzing the small RNA repertoire that change during fate specification. My secondary research interest is in molecular sequence evolution using multiple genomes, which I use as a basis for the systematic computational discovery of RNA regulatory elements important in post-transcriptional processing, such as elements important for alternative splicing and RNA stability. I pursue my objectives with multidisciplinary techniques ranging from developing my own computational tools (machine learning, statistical sequence analysis, graphical modeling), using molecular and cell biological approaches, and coupled with high-throughput approaches (high-density Exon Arrays, 454 or Solexa deep sequencing).



My thesis work focused on developing a hybrid of computational and experimental methods to identify and model cis-regulatory sequence elements that regulate both constitutive and alternative splicing in eukaryotic genomes, integrating these models to predict constitutive and alternative exons conserved in mammalian genomes in silico, followed by in vivo experimental validation.





Summer triathlons
WI Library

Linear Methods in Matlab
Statistics lecture notes
Walt Whitman Archive

C programming

Pointers and Arrays in C
One Liners Shell Programming


Web of Science
US Patent Office
Webster's Dictionary




UCSC Genome Browser

Ensembl Genome Browser

Perldoc for BioPerl; Bioperl Open Source

BioBase (Transfac etc)

DNA/RNA sequence analysis Tools


Codon Table in Java

SNP Consortium (CSHL)

Virtual Library of Biochemistry and Cell Biology




Bold represents first authorship. Underline represents papers where I am co/corresponding author.


The PIWI proteins SMEDWI-2 and SMEDWI-3 are required for stem cell function and piRNA expression in planarians.

Palakodeti D., Smielewska M., Lu Y, Yeo, G.W. , Graveley B.R. RNA 2008


RNA sequence analysis defines Dicer's role in mouse embryonic stem cells.

Calabrese J.M., Seila, A.C., Yeo, G.W., Sharp, P.A. PNAS 2007


Alternative Splicing Events Identified in Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Neural Progenitors

Yeo, G., Xu, X, Liang, T.Y., Muotri, A.R., Carson, C.T., Coufal, N.G., Gage, F.H. PLoS Computational Biology 2007


The EJC factor eIFAIII modulates synaptic strength and neuronal protein expression

Giorgi. C, Yeo, G., Stone, M.E., Katz, D.B., Burge. C., Turrigiano, C., Moore, M.J. Cell 2007


Discovery and analysis of evolutionarily conserved intronic splicing regulatory elements in mammalian genomes.

Yeo, G, Van Nostrand, E, Liang, Y.T. PLoS Genetics 2007 ISRE datasets


Inference of splicing regulatory activities by sequence neighborhood analysis.

Stadler M.B., Shomron N, Yeo G.W., Schneider, A, Xiao, X, Burge C.B. PLoS Genetics 2006


Noncoding RNAs in the Mammalian Central Nervous System

Xinwei Cao, Gene Yeo, Alysson Muotri, Tomoko Kuwabara, Fred H. Gage Annual Review of Neuroscience 2006


Minireview: Splicing regulators: targets and drugs

Yeo, G Genome Biology 2005


A Combinatorial Code for Splicing Silencing: UAGG and GGGG Motifs.

Han, K.H., Yeo, G, An, P., Burge, C.B. and Grabowski, P. PLOS Biology 2005


Identification and analysis of alternative splicing events conserved in human and mouse.

Yeo, G, Van Nostrand, E, Holste, D, Poggio, T and Burge, C.B. PNAS 2005.


Systematic identification and analysis of exonic splicing silencers.

Wang, Z, Rolish, M, Yeo, G, Burge C.B. Cell, 2004.


Variation in alternative splicing across human tissues.

Yeo, G, Holste D, Kreiman, G, and Burge, C.B. Genome Biology, 2004.


Variation in the splicing regulatory elements and their organization in vertebrate genomes.

Yeo, G, Hoon S, Venkatesh, B, and Burge, C.B. PNAS, 2004.

Fish genes work in human cells.; Making fish genes work in human cells.


Maximum entropy modeling of short sequence motifs with applications to RNA splicing signals

Yeo, G, and Burge, C., RECOMB03 and Journal of Computational Biology, 2004.


Regularized Least-squares Classification.

Rifkin, R, Yeo, G and Poggio, T.  Advances in Learning Theory: Methods, Model and Applications, NATO Science Series III:  Computer and System Sciences, Vol. 190, ISO Press, Amsterdam 2003.  Edited by Suykens, Horvath, Basu, Micchelli and Vandewalle.


 The RNA World Website

Structural Classification of RNA




Maximum Entropy Splice Site Model (MaxENTScan)

RESCUE-ESE Webserver

ACEScan Webserver

Human Molecular Genetics
EMBO Journal Online
J. Biological Chemistry
Nature Neuroscience
Nature Biotechnology
Cell Online
Modern Drug Discovery
The Lancet
New England Journal Of Medicine
New Scientist
American Scientist
HMS Beagle
Chemical & Engg News
The Daily Apple
AICHE Online Community



Phillip Sharp
Melissa Moore
Brenton Graveley
Xiang-dong Fu
Amy Pasquinelli
Anastasia Zimmerman


Bio*One Capital
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
The Economist
Straits Times
SF Gate



Introduction to Information Theory/ Entropy

Jayne's Book

Adam Berger's Links (Maximum Entropy)
Research Index
SVM Light  


Sean Eddy

Terry Sejnowski

Fred Gage

David Bostein, Lewis-sigler

David Haussler

Manny Ares

Mike Eisen

Pat Brown

Ron Davis

David Bostein

Michael Snyder

Thomas Gingeras

Phillip Sharp

Robert Darnell

Thomas Cooper

Richard Gatti

Paula Grabowski

Xiang-dong Fu







Neuron Systems



5AM ventures
Genomics Collaborative Inc
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Novirio Pharmaceuticals
Boston Scientific
MPM Capital
Millennium Pharmaceuticals