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Kun Yang, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests

early diagnosis and prevention of mental illness; molecular mechanism and brain functional changes of treatment resistant psychosis and relapse; computational methods for multimodal data integration more



  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • B.S.; Peking University (China) (2004)
  • Ph.D.; Peking University (China) (2009)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Yang K, Kondo MA, Jaaro-Peled H, Cash-Padgett T, Kano SI, Ishizuka K, Pevsner J, Tomoda T, Sawa A, Niwa M. The transcriptome landscape associated with disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1 locus impairment in early development and adulthood. Schizophr Res. 2019; 210:149-156. PMID: 31204062

Tomoda T, Yang K, Sawa A. Neuronal autophagy in synaptic functions and psychiatric disorders. Biol Psychiatry. 2019; PMID: 31542152

Yang K, Sawa A. Open sesame: open chromatin regions shed light onto non-coding risk variants. Cell Stem Cell. 2017; 21:285-287. PMID: 28886358

Richardson SM*, Mitchell LA*, Stracquadanio G*, Yang K*, Dymond JS, DiCarlo JE, Lee D, Huang CL, Chandrasegaran S, Cai Y, Boeke JD, Bader JS. Design of a synthetic yeast genome. Science. 2017; 355:1040-1044. PMID: 28280199 [* equal contribution]

Yang K, Stracquadanio G, Luo J, Boeke JD, Bader JS. Biopartsbuilder: a synthetic biology tool for combinatorial assembly of biological parts. Bioinformatics. 2016; 32:937-9. PMID: 26568632

Activities & Honors


  • 2019 NARSAD Young Investigator Award
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