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Professor, Principal Investigator

Laboratory of Eukaryotic Transcriptomics

Lab Page Link: http://www.picb.ac.cn/rnomics

Email: liyang@picb.ac.cn

Tel: 86-21-54920233

Research Areas:

The research in Li Yang’s lab is mainly focusing on developing novel computational methodologies and experimental technologies to decipher the complex regulation of RNA and DNA. Recently, the Yang lab has constructed and applied a series of efficient computational pipeline to demonstrate back-spliced circular RNA biogenesis and their functions at the whole transcriptomic level, including complementary sequence-mediated exon circularization (Cell 2014), alternative back-splicing and alternative splicing regulation (Genome Res 2016), and the involvement of circRNA in innate immune response by their specific intra-molecular structures (Cell 2019); in addition, by integrating high-throughput deep sequencing with computational algorithms developed in the lab, the Yang lab elucidated molecular mechanisms of transcriptomic regulation at several layers, such as the crosstalk between m6A modification and A-to-I RNA editing (Mol Cell 2018); finally, the Yang lab has collaborated to set up a spectrum of CRISPR/Cas-based base editing systems (Nat Biotechnol 2018). In the future, the Yang lab will continuously focus on developing new algorithms to analyze transcriptomic RNAs and to further understand their regulatory network and related molecular mechanisms during evolution.

Brief Biography:

2015-present Adjunct Professor, School of Life Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University

2011-present Principal Investigator,Professor, CAS-MPG Partner Institute of Computational Biology (PICB), CAS, China

2010-2011 Director, Department of Scientific Research Management, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

2007-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut Health Center, lab of Brenton R. Graveley

2004-2006 Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, lab of Sidney Altman

1998-2004 Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB), SIBS, CAS, China


Distinguished Young Scholar by NSFC, China (2019)

Mentor Award of Chinese Academy of Science (2017)

Ranked as “Excellent” for “Hundred Talents” evaluation by CAS, China (2016)

Young and Middle-aged Leading Scientists, Engineers and Innovators (2015)

Mentor Award of Chinese Academy of Science (2015)

UCAS-BHPB Mentor Award (2015)

Meiji Life Science Award (2014)

Hundred Talents by Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2012)

Scientific Research Foundation for Returned Chinese Scholars (2012)

Pujiang Talent by Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, China (2011)

Selected Publications: (*Corresponding Author)

1. Liu CX#, Li X#, Nan F#, Jiang S, Gao X, Guo SK, Xue W, Cui Y, Dong K, Ding H, Qu B, Shen N*, Yang L* and Chen LL*. Structure and degradation of circular RNAs regulate PKR activation in innate immunity. Cell, 2019, 177:865-880
Highlighted by Cell, 2019, 177:797-799
Highlighted by Science, 2019, 364:847
Highlighted by Nat Rev Immunol, 2019, 19:351
Highlighted by Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol, 2019, 20:387
Highlighted by Cell Biosci, 2019, 9:43
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Highlighted by Science News Magazine, https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lack-circular-rna-may-trigger-lupus

2. Yang B*, Chen J*, Yang L*. To BE or not to BE, that is the question. Nat Biotechnol, 2019, 37:520-522 (News and Views)

3. Dong R#, Ma XK#, Chen LL and Yang L*. Genome-wide annotation of circRNAs and their alternative back-splicing/splicing with CIRCexplorer pipeline. Methods Mol Biol, 2019, 1870:137-149 (Book chapter)

4. Dong R#, Ma XK#, Li GW and Yang L*. CIRCpedia v2: An Updated Database for Comprehensive Circular RNA Annotation and Expression Comparison. Genomics Proteomics Bioinformatics, 2018, 16:226-233

5. Wang X#, Li J#, Wang Y#, Yang B#, Wei J#, Wu J, Wang R, Huang X*, Chen J* and Yang L*. Efficient base editing in methylated regions with a human APOBEC3A-Cas9 fusion. Nat Biotechnol, 2018, 36:946-949
Highlighted by Nat Methods, 2018, 15:763
Highlighted by Nature Index, 2018, https://www.natureindex.com/article/10.1038/nbt.4198

6. Li X#, Wang Y#, Liu Y#, Yang B#, Wang X, Wei J, Lu Z, Zhang Y, Wu J, Huang X*, Yang L*, and Chen J*. Base editing with a Cpf1-cytidine deaminase fusion. Nat Biotechnol, 2018, 36:324-327
Highlighted by Nat Methods, 2018, 15:314

7. Lei L#, Chen H#, Xue W#, Yang B#, Hu B#, Wei J, Wang L, Cui Y, Li W, Wang J, Yan L, Shang W, Gao J, Sha J, Zhuang M, Huang X, Shen B*, Yang L* and Chen J*. APOBEC3s induce mutations during the repair of CRISPR/Cas9-generated DNA breaks. Nat Struct Mol Biol, 2018, 25:45-52
Highlighted by Nature Index, 2018, https://www.natureindex.com/article/10.1038/s41594-017-0004-6

8. Xiang JF#, Yang Q#, Liu CX#, Wu M, Chen LL* and Yang L*. N6-methyladenosines modulate A-to-I RNA editing. Mol Cell, 2018, 69:126-135

9. Yang L* and Chen LL*. Enhancing the RNA engineering toolkit. Science, 2017, 358:996-997 (Perspective)

10. Li X#, Liu CX#, Xue W#, Zhang Z, Jiang S, Yin QF, Wei J, Yao RW, Yang L* and Chen LL*. Coordinated circRNA biogenesis and function with NF90/NF110 in viral infection. Mol Cell, 2017, 67:214-227 (Featured article)
Highlighted by Mol Cell, 2017, 67:163-164
Highlighted by Nature Index, 2018, https://www.natureindex.com/article/10.1016/j.molcel.2017.05.023

11. Chen LL* and Yang L*. ALUternative regulation for gene expression. Trends Cell Biol, 2017, 27:480-490 (Review)

12. Dong R#, Ma XK#, Chen LL* and Yang L*. Increased complexity of circRNA expression during species evolution. RNA Biol, 2017, 14:1064-1074

13. Luo Z, Yang Q and Yang L*. RNA structure switches RBP binding. Mol Cell, 2016, 64:219-220 (Preview)

14. Zhang XO#, Dong R#, Zhang Y#, Zhang JL, Luo Z, Zhang J, Chen LL* and Yang L*. Diverse alternative back-splicing and alternative splicing landscape of circular RNAs. Genome Res, 2016, 26:1277-1287

15. Dong R, Zhang XO, Zhang Y, Ma XK, Chen LL and Yang L*. CircRNA-derived pseudogenes. Cell Res, 2016, 26:747-750

16. Yang L*. Splicing noncoding RNAs from the inside out. Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA, 2015, 6:651-660 (Review)

17. Chen LL* and Yang L*. Gear up in circles. Mol Cell, 2015, 58:715-717 (Preview)

18. Chen LL* and Yang L*. Regulation of circRNA biogenesis. RNA Biol, 2015, 12:381-388 (Review)

19. Yang L* and Chen LL*. Microexons go big. Cell, 2014, 159:1488-1489 (Preview)

20. Zhang XO#, Wang HB#, Zhang Y, Lu X, Chen LL* and Yang L*. Complementary sequence-mediated exon circularization. Cell, 2014, 159:134-147
Highlighted by Cell, 2014, 159:13-14
Highlighted by Nat Rev Genet, 2014, 15:707
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