University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor
Dr. Wei Yan is Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. His research is focused on genetic and epigenetic control of fertility, and epigenetic contribution of gametes (sperm and eggs) to fertilization, early embryonic development and adulthood health. He has published >135 peer-reviewed papers with >8,200 citations (as of January 2020). Dr. Yan received many prestigious awards, including the 2009 Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Young Investigator Award, the 2012 American Society of Andrology (ASA) Young Andrologist Award, the 2013 Nevada Healthcare Hero Award for Research and Technology, the 2017 University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2018 SSR Research Award and the 2020 Nevada System of Higher Education Regents’ Research Award. In May 2016, Dr. Yan was named the University of Nevada Reno Foundation Professor, the highest honor the University bestows upon its faculty. In 2017, he was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Yan is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of Biology of Reproduction, a premier journal in the field of Reproductive Biology. He likes hiking, skiing, swimming, and photography.
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Schegg received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at University of Nevada, Reno. She is an expert on protein chemistry and enzymology. She worked in the Nevada Proteomics Center to conduct proteomic analyses before joining the Yan lab. Dr. Schegg is working on a project aiming to develop the first ever oral male contraceptive drug, called SD-1. She likes hiking and travel.
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Zheng received training on Uterine Biology during her Ph.D. at the University of Turku, Finland and post-doc at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. Dr. Zheng is skillful in embryo manipulation and microinjection, as well as most of the molecular biology techniques. Dr. Zheng likes hiking and swimming.
Kyle obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science at Shanxi Normal University. He then earned his Master of Science degree in Animal Science at China Agricultural University. He is a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology program. His hobbies include playing Ping Pong, basketball, and billiards. He enjoys listening to music.
Yue obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in Fujian Medical University. Shen then worked as a technician in the National Institute of Biological Science in Beijing for five years. She is a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program. She enjoys dancing, jogging and painting.
Hayden received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently a graduate student working toward his PhD. Hayden is working on single cell multiomics.
Hetan graduated from Dalian Medical University with MD degree. She obtained her PhD degree from China Medical University in 2019. She is working on sperm-medicated epigenetic inheritance.
Brian is a freshman PhD student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is working on a project aiming to improve insertion efficiency in CRISPR/Cas-mediated genome editing technology.
Brianne is a student in her Master’s year of an accelerated five-year B.S./M.S. Biotechnology program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is working on identification of epigenetic biomarkers for environmental exposures. She enjoys, swimming, traveling, and watching marching band performances.
Shawn, a senior with biochemistry major, working on a novel method for determining microRNA targets in vivo.
We are looking for a bioinformatician and a post-doc working on a project dealing with inter- and trans-generational epigenetic inheritance. Email Dr. Yan for more details.
Thanks to all former members of the Yan lab for their devotion and contribution!