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A native of Harbin, China, NI YAN received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Upon her graduation, she was appointed the Principal Harp with the China Radio Symphony in Beijing. In 1986, she joined the United States International University Orchestra in San Diego. Following this, she moved to Cincinnati where she completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1989. She has performed in Paris, London, Mexico, San Diego, Cincinnati, Dayton (Ohio), as well as Philadelphia and Chicago. She is in demand as Principal Harp with several regional orchestras of Central Ohio, as well as performing as Substitute Principal Harp and Second Harp for the Columbus Symphony. She has been invited to China to participate in the Second Shenyang International Music Festival in May 1994 and has been featured as soloist with various orchestras, and in chamber music performances throughout Central Ohio. As a member of Lyric Harp Duo, she has arranged and recorded a CD, (Jude Mollenhauer & Yan Ni) “Holiday Harps.” In 2010, Ni Yan was named Visiting Professor of Harp at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music.
She lives in Dublin, Ohio, and maintains a busy free-lance and teaching schedule.
Ping Yang joined the Communication Department Fall 2009. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the intersection of culture, communication, and technology. She is currently working on projects that examine ethnic minority identity, heritage language education, and identities construction in intercultural online communication. Ping will be teaching COMM 244: Theories of Intercultural Communication and COMM 215: Communication and Technology in the fall semester. Ping has great interest in learning new cultures, languages, and people. She also enjoys reading, travelling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Shao-yun Yang studies the intellectual history of medieval China (between 300 and 1500 CE), with particular interest in Chinese perceptions of and interactions with other ethnocultural groups. At Denison, he teaches a two-part survey of East Asian history and upper-level courses on the history of Chinese identity; China under the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE); Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Chinese history; and the representation of modern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history in film.
Dr. Yang has published in the journal Tang Studies and contributed essays to two forthcoming edited volumes: Chang'an 26 BCE: An Augustan Age in China? (University of Washington Press, 2014) and Political Strategies of Identity-Building in Non-Han Empires in China (Harrasowitz Verlag, 2014). His first book project, provisionally titled Reinventing the Barbarian: Rhetorical and Philosophical Uses of the Chinese-Barbarian Dichotomy in Mid-Imperial China, explores the various ways in which the medieval Chinese interpreted and utilized the so-called "Chinese-barbarian dichotomy" - a longstanding belief that the peoples of the world were fundamentally divided between superior Chinese and inferior barbarians. The book demonstrates that during a period stretching from the ninth century to the thirteenth century, understandings of this dichotomy became less centered on ethnic or cultural differences and more interested in interpreting barbarism as a universal moral problem that the Chinese were also susceptible to.
A second-generation descendant of Chinese immigrants to Singapore, Dr. Yang received his BA (2005) and MA (2007) from the National University of Singapore and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (2014).
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2005 - present
Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1996
Fellowships and Honors
- American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship grant “Dissection of the
- Molecular Functions of the LKB1 tumor suppressor gene.” July 2001-June 2004.
- National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Honorable Mention 1995.
- Carolinas-Ohio Science Education Network (COSEN) Scholar 1993
- Golden Key Honor Society 1993
- Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society 1991.
- Dean's List with Distinction 1991, 1992, 1994.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Junying Yuan, 2000-2005
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
- Predoctoral Student, Laboratory of Dr. Samuel Speck, 1994-2000
Duke University, Durham, NC
- Undergraduate Independent Study, Laboratory of Dr. William Kane, 1993-1994
College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
- COSEN Scholar Research, Laboratory of Dr. William Morgan, 1993
Cancer occurs when a combination of DNA mutations and abnormal gene expression in a cell leads to uncontrolled growth and invasion of surrounding tissues. It is critical to understand how mutations in individual genes, or more specifically, the series of events which occur as a result of those mutations, contribute to the development of tumors.
My research focuses on a gene called Pten which is one of the most commonly mutated genes in human cancer. Previous work has shown that deletion or reduction in Pten function leads to increased cell proliferation, resistance to cell death, and heightened motility and invasiveness. I am interested in identifying the molecular changes which occur when Pten is mutated, and to elucidate the signaling pathways which are affected. In particular, I am studying the mechanism by which Pten deletion leads to increased cell size and the induction of the cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor p21.
As a cell biologist, I use cell culture based methods in which Pten function can be reduced through the use of RNA interference, and assay for altered gene expression in candidate downstream pathways. I am also exploring the molecular basis for why certain tissues are much more susceptible than others to tumor development as a consequence of Pten mutation.
- Elliott, J, EB Goodhew, LT Krug, N Rafael, L Yoo, and SH Speck. 2004. Variable methylation of the Epstein-Barr virus Wp EBNA gene promoter in B lymphoblastoid cell lines. J Virol. v. 78 p. 14062-5
- Yoo, LI, J Woloszynek, S Templeton, and SH Speck. 2002. Deletion of Epstein-Barr virus regulatory sequences upstream of the EBNA gene promoter Wp1 is unfavorable for B-Cell immortalization. J Virology. v. 76 p. 11763-9
- Yoo, LI, DC Chung, and J Yuan. 2002. LKB1–a master tumour suppressor of the small intestine and beyond. Nat Rev Cancer. v. 2 p. 529-35
- Yoo, LI, and SH Speck. 2000. Regulation of EBNA gene expression. EBV Report. v. 7 no. p. 175-85
- Yoo, L, and SH Speck. 2000. Determining the role of the Epstein-Barr virus Cp EBNA2-dependent enhancer during the establishment of latency by using mutant and wild-type viruses recovered from cottontop marmoset lymphoblastoid cell lines. J Virol. v. 74 p. 11115-20
- Kung, C, JT Pingel, M Heikinheimo, T Klemola, K Varkila, LI Yoo, K Vuopala, M Poyhonen, M Uhari, M Rogers, SH Speck, T Chatila, and ML Thomas. 2000. Mutations in the tyrosine phosphatase CD45 gene in a child with severe combined immunodeficiency disease. Nat Med. v. 6 p. 343-5
- Kim, SW, TL Ortel, MA Quinn-Allen, L Yoo, L Worfolk, X Zhai, BR Lentz, and WH Kane. 1999. Partial glycosylation of asparagine-2181 of the second C-type domain of human factor V modulates assembly of the prothrombinase complex. Biochemistry. v. 38 p. 11448-54
- Yoo, LI, M Mooney, MT Puglielli, and SH Speck. 1997. B-cell lines immortalized with an Epstein-Barr virus mutant lacking the Cp EBNA2 enhancer are biased toward utilization of the oriP-proximal EBNA gene promoter Wp1. J Virol. v. 71 p. 9134-42
- Weck, KE, ML Barkon, LI Yoo, SH Speck, and HW Virgin IV. 1996. Mature B cells are required for acute splenic infection, but not for establishment of latency, by murine gammaherpesvirus. J Virol. v. 70 p. 6775-80
- Yoo, LI. 2004. Characterization of mice conditionally deficient for Pten in urogenital epithelium. Society for Basic Urologic Research Meeting. Savannah, GA
- Yoo, LI, D Liu, R Bronson, H Wu, and J Yuan. 2004. Pten-mediated tumor suppression in murine bladder epithelium. Cancer Genetics & Tumor Suppressor Genes Meeting. Cold Spring Harbor, NY
- Yoo, LI, S LeVu, R Verman, H Wu, R Bronson, and J Yuan. 2003. Characterization of mice conditionally deficient for PTEN in urogenital epithelium. The Beatson International Cancer Conference. Glasgow, Scotland
- Yoo, LI, J Woloszynek, and SH Speck. 1999. Characterization of the EBV shared Cp/Wp enhancer. The 24th International Herpesvirus Workshop. Boston, MA
- Yoo, LI, MA Mooney, and SH Speck. 1997. Regulation of EBV latency promoters by an EBNA2 responsive enhancer. The 22nd International Herpesvirus Workshop. San Diego, CA
She serves as the director of Swasey Observatory and her research involves studies of peculiar red giant stars. She teaches Astronomy and Special Topics in Astronomy.