Yao Yao

Assistant Professor
  • PhD, Stony Brook University (2006-2011)
  • MS, Sichuan University (2004 – 2006)
  • BS, Sichuan University (2000 – 2004)

In the Lab

The Yao Lab is interested in basement membrane (BM) biology with a focus on the CNS and skeletal muscle. Specifically, the Yao Lab has been studying: (1) how the BM regulates the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) integrity in both physiological and pathological conditions; (2) how the BM regulates the stemness (proliferation, differentiation, and fate determination) of pericytes and muscle development & regeneration after injury. The goals of the Yao Lab are to fully understand the biological functions of the BM and develop novel therapies for various neurological disorders & muscular dystrophy.

Currently, Dr. Yao’s lab is working on two major projects: the Brain Project and the Muscle Project. For more information, please visit the Yao lab

Research Interest

  • Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) Integrity
  • Stroke (Hemorrhage and Ischemia)
  • Neurodegeneration/Neuroregeneration
  • Laminin/Basement Membrane Biology
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Drug Screening / Discovery


  • Publications by Yao Yao may be found at PubMed.
  • ​For more information visit the Yao Lab.