Yongli Zhang PhD

Associate Professor of Cell Biology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Office of Student ResearchCell Biology: Membrane Traffic; Zhang Lab

Research Interests

Single-molecule biophysics and biochemistry; Optical tweezers; ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling; SNAREs; Membrane fusion; Membrane fission; Dynamin more...


  • M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.R.C., 1997
  • Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine, 2003

Selected Publications

  • Zhang, Y.L., Smith, C.L., Saha, A., Grill, S.W., Mihardja, S., Smith, S.B., Cairns, B.R., Peterson, C.L., and Bustamantel, C. (2006). DNA translocation and loop formation mechanism of chromatin remodeling by SWI/SNF and RSC. Mol. Cell 24, 559-568.
  • Mihardja, S., Spakowitz, A.J., Zhang, Y.L., and Bustamante, C. (2006). Effect of force on mononucleosomal dynamics. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 15871-15876.
  • Zhang, Y. L. , McEwen, A. E., Crothers, D. M. & Levene, S. D. (2006). Statistical-mechanical theory of DNA looping, Biophys. J. 90, 1913-1924.



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