The Ou Lab

How plants co-evolve with transposable elements?
Ohio State University


Transposable elements (TEs) constitute the largest portion of most eukaryotic genomes, representing approximately 45% of the human genome and a staggering 85% of the maize genome. The vast abundance of TEs in genomic content sparks our keen interest in unraveling their profound impact on biological functions and adaptation. 

At the Ou Lab, we are dedicated to investigating the intricate world of TEs by employing cutting-edge experimental facilities, state-of-the-art sequencing technologies, and innovative genomic algorithms. Using model plants and occasionally animal systems, we delve into the fascinating realm of TEs' role in organisms facing unfavorable conditions. Our ultimate goal is to uncover valuable insights that will contribute to improving crops and benefit farmers amidst the challenges posed by evolving climates. 

We are a diverse research group that honors the unique backgrounds and experiences of each member, with a keen focus on individual growth. Actively committed to fostering gender balance in the field of computational biology, we engage in targeted mentorship and support. By cultivating and encouraging the interests of early career students and emerging generations, we are not only advancing our field but also building a more inclusive and innovative future in scientific discovery.


Department of Molecular Genetics

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) Graduate Program

Cellular, Molecular and Biochemical Sciences Program (CMBP)

Shujun Ou

Assistant Professor in Computational Biology

Mailing address:

The Ohio State University

Department of Molecular Genetics

592 Aronoff Laboratory
318 W 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH, 43210

Office: Aronoff 592

Phone: 614-247-9993