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Xiaoyong Yang, PhD

Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Contact Information

Xiaoyong Yang, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Comparative Medicine

    310 Cedar Street, PO Box 208016

    New Haven, CT 06520-8016

    United States



Dr. Xiaoyong Yang is Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. from Nankai University, M.S. from Peking University, and Ph.D. from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Ronald Evans at The Salk Institute. Dr. Yang works at the intersection of diabetes, obesity, and cancer. He has made pioneering contributions to deciphering biological information encoded in protein modifications. Dr. Yang has published highly cited articles in scientific journals such as Cell, Cell Metabolism, Nature, Nature Medicine, and has been featured in public media outlets such as TIME, Daily Mail, NPR, and Scientific American. He has served on scientific review panels for the NIH, NASA, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, The Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, and other agencies worldwide. Dr. Yang is the founder of the Cancer Metabolism Initiative (CAMI) and a member of the Dean’s Faculty Advisory Council at Yale School of Medicine. He holds an adjunct professor position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Yang has played leadership roles in professional organizations as president of CADA and vice president of SAPA. He has been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    The Salk Institute (2008)
  • PhD
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001)
  • MS
    Peking University (1996)
  • BS
    Nankai University (1993)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Elected MemberThe Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2024
Presidential Service Excellence AwardSino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association2023
Adjunct ProfessorJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine2023
Visiting ProfessorJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine2022
Innovative Basic Science AwardAmerican Diabetes Association2019
Croucher Visiting FellowThe Croucher Foundation2016
Young Investigator AwardSingapore Symposium on Metabolic Diseases2015
Research Scholar AwardAmerican Cancer Society2015
Biomedical Research AwardThe State of Connecticut2014
New Scholar AwardEllison Medical Foundation2011
Junior Faculty AwardAmerican Diabetes Association2010

Professional Service

Yale UniversityFounder of Cancer Metabolism Initiative (CAMI)2023 - Present
Journal of EndocrinologySenior Editor2022 - Present
Journal of Molecular EndocrinologySenior Editor2022 - Present
Faculty Advisory Council, Yale School of MedicineCouncil Member2022 - 2025
Life MetabolismEditorial Board Member2021 - Present
The National Institutes of HealthStanding Member of Pathophysiology of Obesity and Metabolic Disease (POMD) Study Section2021 - Present
The Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals AssociationVice President2020 - 2021
Frontiers in AgingAssociate Editor2020 - Present
American Cancer SocietyMember of Tumor Biochemistry & Endocrinology Peer Review Committee2018 - Present
Journal of Biological ChemistryEditorial Board Member2017 - 2022
Frontiers in EndocrinologyAssociate Editor2015 - Present
American Diabetes AssociationMember of Research Grant Review Committee2015 - 2019

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