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People of Yanping Zhang lab


Dr. Yanping Zhang is currently a tenured Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Zhang received his B.S. in Microbiology and M.S. in Virology from Fudan University at Shanghai, China, and Ph.D in Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. He received post-graduate training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He became a faculty member of the Department of Molecular Oncology at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2001. He moved to UNC Chapel Hill in 2004.

Dr. Zhang has received many awards in recognition of his achievements including the Howard Temin Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award, the M.D. Anderson Research Trust Award, UNC Junior Research Fellow Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar Award, American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, the UNC Jefferson-Pilot Award, and the Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award.

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms and the genetics underlying the pathogenesis of human cancer as well as in modeling cancer in vivo in model systems such as the mouse. His work attempts to understand the complex networks of tumor suppressor p53 that are involved in many essential functions in tumor suppression, to identify specific molecules that affect communication between cellular activities that make up these networks, and to understand how these molecules are regulated under both normal and stressful conditions. These studies have significant implications for the understanding and management of human diseases including cancer.


Aiwen Jin, Ph.D.
Lab manager

Yong Liu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Patrick Leslie, B.S.
Graduate Student

Derek Franklin, B.S.
Graduate Student

Nicole Carlson, B.S.
Graduate Student

Jing Yang, PhD – Research Fellow

Shijie Liu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow