Yaohua Yang

Yang, Yaohua

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences


  • B.E., Bioengineering, Henan Institute of Science and Technology
  • Ph.D., Genomics and Bioinformatics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Contact Information

560 Ray C. Hunt Dr, Room 4408
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Telephone: (434) 982-2506

Research Disciplines

Bioinformatics and Genomics, Epigenetics, Genetics, Microbiology, Translational Science

Research Interests

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology; Cancer; Human Microbiome

Research Description

My research primarily focuses on t the genetic/molecular epidemiology of cancer and the human microbiome. My past and current research have discovered novel genetic variants, polygenic risk scores, epigenetic biomarkers, genes, protein biomarkers, circulating metabolites, and microbial features, that are associated with cancer risk, through integrative analyses of genome, DNA methylome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, and metagenome data. My research goal is to apply a multidisciplinary approach to investigate microbiome-host interactions, genetics, epigenetics, and gene-environment interaction in cancer etiology, with an overarching goal of translating gained knowledge to early detection, risk assessment, primary prevention, and prognosis of human malignancies.

Selected Publications