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Yang Yang

Yang Yang, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, also affiliated with Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience. Dr. Yang graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees (B.S.: Life Sciences and B.A.: Sociology) from Shanghai University in 2005. Dr. Yang completed a Ph.D. degree at Georgia State University under the mentorship of Dr. Chun Jiang in 2011. Dr. Yang then moved to Yale University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow for three years under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Waxman, studying pharmacogenetics of chronic pain syndromes. He was promoted to Associate Research Scientist at Yale University and led a small team to use iPSCs-derived sensory neurons to establish "pain-in-a-dish" model in 2014. Dr. Yang joined the faculty of Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in 2017 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2023. Yang is the son of Qingshi Yang and cancer-fighting hero Jianbei Zang. Yang was born in Shanghai, China, and supports Asian American Awareness



Yang was trained as an ion channel electrophysiologist and expanded his expertise into disease modeling of monogenic neurological diseases. The current focus of the Y-lab is neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders including autism, epilepsy, pain, and dementia to advance precision medicine for these disorders.




PHRM 847000 Principle of Pharmacogenomics (offered every Spring), course coordinator

PHRM 845000 Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics III

Service & Recognition

Selected Membership & Awards:

FamilieSCN2A Foundation Core Value Award, 2022

23PAIR Promising Achievers in Innovation and Research Award, 2022

F1000Prime faculty member

Ad hoc journal reviewer: 

Cell Reports; Nature Communications; Sciences Advances; Brain; Journal of Biological Chemistry; Molecular Pain; Journal of Neurophysiology; Antioxidants & Redox Signaling; Neural Plasticity; Plos ONE; Neuroscience Letters; Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods; Diabetologia; Acta Pharmacologica Sinica

Ad hoc grant reviewer: 

NIH CNNT study section; NIH Directors Pioneer Award (DP1); DoD-CDMRP Autism Research Program, CTSI pilot grant review Committee; Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Grant Review Committee; European Union Structural Funds-TEAM 

Invited talks at:

Mayo Clinic, Emory University, Cincinnati Children's, UIUC, Jackson Laboratory, Yale University, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK; IU/PU Joint Symposium on Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research, IN USA; Duke Kunshan Translational Pain Research Symposium, China; National Rare Disease Reference Center of France, France; Peking University Health Science Center, China; Institute for Neuroscience, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Shanghai JiaoTong University affiliated Renji Hospital, Anesthesiology division; Peking Union Medical College; Capital Medical University; Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine; Fudan University, School of Medicine; Zhejiang University, School of Medicine

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