Can Yang, PhD

Lecturer in Psychiatry


Dr. Yang obtained his PhD in in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), June 2011. He joined the Biostatistics deparment of Yale School of Public Health as a Postdoctral Associate, and now he is working as an Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry department, Yale School of Medicine.

Education & Training

PhD Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (2011)

Honors & Recognition

  • The 2012 Hong Kong Young Scientist Award in Engineering ScienceHong Kong Institution of Science (2012)

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(A) A plot of significant linkage peaks given by standard linear regression (P < 0.01 after Bonferroni correction) for expression QTL in the study (Smith and Kruglyak, 2008) by marker location (x-axis) and expression trait location (y-axis). (B) The plot of linkage peaks in the study (Smith and Kruglyak, 2008) given by our method LORS.

Research Image 2

Moving-objects detection in surveillance videos. More results can be found at

Research Image 3

The main Result from my BOOST paper published in The American Journal of Human Genetics -- Comparison between the Single-Locus Association Mapping and the Interaction Mapping for Type I Diabetes (T1D) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Top-left panel: Single-locus association mapping of T1D and RA. These two share a very similar hit region in chromosome 6. Top-right panel: The LD map of the MHC region in control samples. Bottom panel: Genome-wide interaction mapping of T1D and RA. 99.8% of T1D interactions and 80.0% of RA interactions are in the MHC region. Strong interaction effects widely exist between genes in and across the MHC class I, II, and III in T1D, whereas most significant interactions of RA involve only loci closely placed in the MHC class II region