Yong-Gang Yao, PhD

Director general and principal investigator of Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS

Lab website: http://mitotool.kiz.ac.cn/lab/index.html

Email: yaoyg@mail.kiz.ac.cn


Dr. Yong-Gang Yao obtained his bachelor degree from Anhui Normal University in 1997 and a Ph.D. degree from Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS in 2003. In February 2003, he joined the School of Medicine of Johns Hopkins University as a post-doc and moved to NHLBI, NIH in October 2004 as a visiting fellow. In December 2007, he joined Kunming Institute of Zoology as a principal investigator with the support of “Hundred Talents (Bai-Ren) Program”.

Dr. Yao is working on the genetic basis and molecular mechanism of human diseases, in particular for Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, drug addiction and leprosy. He is also chairing a project on understanding the genome biology of Chinese tree shrew – a rising star of a laboratory animal. Yao lab strives for EAF (Evolutionary analysis; Association study; Functional assay), to make research and life Easier And Fun.

Dr. Yao has published more than 210 peer-reviewed research articles and commentaries on SCI-indexed journals, including Am J Hum Genet, PNAS, Autophagy, Alzheimers Dement, Blood, and Nat Commun. Many of his papers are highly cited, with a total citation over 5910 times (According to Web of Science, dated on July 5, 2019) and an h index of 40. Dr. Yao serves as the editor-in-chief of Zool Res, associate editors of J Hum Genet and Infect Genet Evol, academic editor of PLoS ONE, editorial board members of J Genet Genomics, Mol Cell Neurobiol, and Sci Rep. He had received many awards including the State Natural Science Award of China (second class), Zhuliyuehua Award for Outstanding Teachers of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.