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Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:atomic force microscopy
Biography:Yang's main interests concentrate on biophysics in lower dimensions. One area involves in situ high-resolution structural studies of membrane proteins using state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy, in which the goal is to fully use the power of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to obtain nm-resolution structure of membrane proteins. One area aims at an understanding of the 2-D condensation of DNA on cationic membranes, which may have potential impact in our understanding of the packing of genetic materials in higher organisms and in helping to find efficient means in gene delivery trials. A related area is to study the self-assembly of biomaterials under various conditions, by detecting the assembled structure at high resolution in combination with exploring the dynamic aspects and thermal equilibrium phases of these systems. Yang shares a patent for the Cryogenic atomic force microscope. He has published articles in several journals, including the Journal of Microscopy and Biochemistry. He has a B.S. degree in Physics from Nanjing University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Princeton.