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Wei Shao, Ph.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
HIV Dynamics and Replication Program


Wei Shao earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Tennessee and M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.  He is a bioinformatics specialist and develops programs, pipelines, tools, and databases that are used by investigators throughout the HIV field.  Wei developed and maintains the Retrovirus Integration Database (, Proviral Sequence Database (, and HIVDRLink (  He received an NCI Group Merit Award in 2016 and a Leidos Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018.

Areas of Expertise

1) bioinformatics program/pipeline development 2) virology database design and implement 3) HIV single-genome and next-generation sequencing analyses 4) HIV integration analysis 5) HIV evolution and dynamics 6) viral mutation analysis