Song-Yu Yang

Title: Medical Biochemist
Institute Basic Research in Development Disabilities
Location: New York, New York, United States

Song-Yu Yang, Medical Biochemist at Institute Basic Research in Development Disabilities, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of biomedicine.

Dr. Yang pursued an education at the Beijing Medical University, where he graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in 1960. He immigrated to the United States in 1981 and in the following year, he obtained a Master of Science from the City College of New York. He completed additional coursework at the university and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1984. Professionally, Dr. Yang began acquiring experience in China, working as an instructor at Peking Medical College from 1960 to 1975. He then took on the responsibilities of an assistant professor in the Shanghai Institute of Biochemical and Cell Biology at the Chinese Academy Science, from 1975 to 1980.

Dr. Yang began working at the City College of New York in 1981, filling the role of a teaching assistant until 1984 and a research associate from 1984 to 1988. Currently, he excels as a research scientist at the New York State Office for People With Development Disabilities and as the head of the biochemistry laboratory at the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. He also works as a professor in the neuroscience doctoral program and the PhD program in biology at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

A valuable asset to his field, Dr. Yang has contributed chapters to many books and has also written numerous articles for professional journals and publications. He is well-regarded for his valuable research in fatty acid oxidation and the steroid hormone metabolism, neurological disorders, 17 beta-HSD10 deficiency, HADH, and related enzymes and genes HSD17B10. A member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dr. Yang has received an L.J. Curtman Prize from the City College of New York, a Wall Street Run Fellowship Award, a National Institutes of Health Research Award, and an Alzheimer’s Association Research Award.

Dr. Yang was born in October 1938 in Shanghai at Saint John’s Medical School. His parents, Rong-Geng Zhong, MD and Su-Fei Yang, were presidents and pharmacists of Wuxi County Hospital, respectively. His grandparents, Xue-Ying Chu and Sijian Yang, B.A., B.T., were teachers and principles of Furen High School, respectively, at Wuxi and Shanghai. Sijian was also a priest of the Wuxi Episcopal Church. Dr. Yang’s wife, Xue-Ying He, PhD, is a research scientist of NYSOPWDD. His son Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, MSCE, CCEB, is a gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, as well as the deputy editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Yang’s daughter, Ying-Zi Yang, PhD, JD, MBA, is a patent attorney and senior associate of Mayer Brown LLP.

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