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Guang Yang Professor

Research Interests: 
  • Conservation and management of animal resources
  • Molecular evolutionary biology and molecular ecology
  • Ecology and conservation of endangered animals

Educational Background

PhD, Zoology, Nanjing Normal University (1996)

MA, Zoology, China West Normal University (1993)

BA, Biology, China West Normal University (1990)

Research Projects

  • The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Evolutionary history and adaptation mechanism of cetaceans, 2014-2017.
  • The National Key Programme of Research and Development, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, 2016-2020. Studies on the endangerment mechanisms and conservation techniques of rare animals: Habitat evaluation and recovery techniques for endangered animals, 2016-2020. 
  • The Provincial Key Programme for the Survey of aquatic wildlife of Jiangsu Province, 2016-2018.

Journal Articles 

  • Zhou X, Sun F, Xu S, Fan G, Zhu K, Liu X, Chen Y, Shi C, Yang Y, Huang Z, Chen J, Hou H, Guo X, Chen W, Chen Y, Wang X, Lv T, Yang D, Zhou J, Huang B, Wang Z, Zhao W, Tian R, Xiong Z, Xu J, Liang X, Chen B, Liu W, Wang J, Pan S, Fang X, Li M, Wei F, Xu X, Zhou K, Wang J*, Yang G*. 2013. Baiji genomes reveal low genetic variability and new insights into secondary aquatic adaptations. Nature Communications, 4: 2708, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3708. 
  • Zhou, X., S. Xu, J. Xu, B. Chen, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2012. Phylogenomic analysis resolves the interordinal relationship and rapid diversification of the Laurasiatherian mammals. Systematic Biology, 61(1): 150-164.
  • Xu S., Y. Chen, Y. Cheng, D. Yang, X. Zhou, J. Xu, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2012. Positive selection at ASPM gene coincides with brain size enlargements in cetaceans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279: 4433-4440.
  • Li S, S. Xu, H. Wan, H. Ji, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2013. Genome-wide SNP polymorphism and population divergence of finless porpoises. Genome Biology and Evolution, 5(4): 758-768. 
  • Chen Z., Z. Wang, S. Xu, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2013. Characterization of hairless (Hr) and FGF5 genes provides insights into the molecular basis for hair loss in cetaceans. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13: 34.
  • Chen Z., S. Xu, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2011. Whale phylogeny and rapid radiation events revealed using novel retroposed elements and their flanking sequences. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11: 314. 
  • Zhou, X., S. Xu, Y. Yang, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2011. Phylogenomic analyses and improved resolution of Cetartiodactyla. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 61(2) : 255-264. 
  • Shen T., S. Xu, X. Wang, W. Yu, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2012. Adaptive evolution and functional constraint at TLR4 during the secondary aquatic adaptation and diversification of cetaceans. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12: 39. 
  • Zhou, X., S. X. Xu, P. Zhang, G. Yang*. 2011. Developing a series of conservative anchor markers and their application to phylogenomics of Laurasiatherian mammals. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11: 134-140. 
  • Xiong Y., M. C. Brandley, S. Xu, K. Zhou, G. Yang*. 2009. Seven new dolphin mitochondrial genomes and a time-calibrated phylogeny of whales. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 9: 20.