Yang Jing, MD, PhD
Gai Lab / Ocular Genomics Institute
I graduated in 2004 with my BS in clinical medicine from school of medicine, Zhengzhou University in China. After graduation, I continued to work on my PhD project at Henan Eye Institute. My research focus is to create novel treatments that improve the quality of life of patients suffering from retinal disease. To achieve this goal, I study the molecular mechanisms that control self-renewal, proliferation, competence, and differentiation of stem/progenitor cells. The purpose of my research is to pioneer cell based therapies to preserve and restore vision. I did my first postdoc in Professor Ales Cvekl’s lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York city. With the contemporary generation of huge datasets, there has been an outpouring of information about how life works. Thus many of the pieces of information to generate novel biological insight are there. The next step is for the eyes of biological experts to be immersed in the computational world to help reveal them. Currently, my research goal is to help facilitate the transition of Big Data into new biological paradigms with direct applications to understanding complex ocular diseases and translate these findings into clinical applications. This work is important for developing better therapies for retinal degenerative disorders.