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Zhaomin Yang

Professor of Biological Sciences
5000 Derring Hall (MC 0406)
926 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Major Field of Interest

Bacterial biofilm formation and motility, Type IV Pilus (T4P), Antimicrobial discovery

Current Research

One focus of the Yang Lab is on the functions of T4P and their regulation in biofilm and motility. Another area of exploration is the research and development of novel therapies against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • 2006-present Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2011-Visiting (sabbatical) faculty, Lewis-Sgler Institute, Princeton University
  • 2002-2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 1999-2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University
  • 1996-1999 Postdoctoral research fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1996 Ph.D., Microbiology, University of California, Davis. Dissertation: The Saccharomyces cerevisiae SKS1 protein kinase is a multicopy suppressor of the snf3 mutation, and its suppresion of snf3 requires HXT2. Advisor: Prof. Linda Bisson
  • 1993 M.S., Food Science, University of California, Davis. Thesis: The effect of loss of glucose transporter genes on growth and fermentation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Advisor: Prof. Linda Bisson
  • 1990-1996 Research/Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis
  • 1985-1989 Research Associate, Shanxi Institute of Biology, Shanxi, China
  • Certificate of appreciation, MAOP, Virginia Tech 2005, 2009, 2010
  • Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech 2008
  • Excellence in Teaching Microbiology by Golden Key Honor Society 2001
  • NIH-NIDR Postdoctoral Fellowship 1998-1999
  • NIH-NIAID Postdoctoral Fellowship 1996-1998
  • UCLA Incentive Award 1996-1997
  • Wine Spectator Scholarship 1990-1996
  • Tuition Fee Fellowship 1990-1993
  • Novo/Nordisk Biotechnology Fellowship 1991-1992
  • Shanxi Ministry of Science & Technology Graduate Fellowship 1989-1990