The Yang Lab fall 2017 (mising Yinyin): Rebekah, Ya, Diego, Zacky (honorary member from the Weiblen Lab), and Chen.
Assistant professor of Plant Biology
Assistant curator, University of Minnesota Herbarium
2012–2016 Postdoc University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2012 Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2005 B.S. Peking University
Ya's data analysis Open Notebook
Yinyin graduated from University of Minnesota in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. She helped with setting up the new lab and is now keeping the lab running. She splits her time between the Yang Lab and the Bushley Lab.
Diego joined the lab October 2017 from University of Idaho. He is working on phylogenomics of chenopods.
Rebekah joined the lab Fall 2017 from Miami University, Oxford. She is working on systematics and evolution of the sundews (Drosera, Droseraceae).
Undergraduate students: the lab has many opportunities for motivated undergraduate students, including, but not limited to, field collections, basic molecular lab techniques, phylogenetic analyses, and programing projects. Please contact Ya to discuss potential projects!
Graduate Students: Ya is particularly interested in working with motivated students who are looking to combine field- and collection-based plant systematics with cutting-edge genomics and transcriptomics techniques to ask interesting biological questions. Students in the lab are expected to be independent and develop their own dissertation projects.
Ya is affiliated with these two graduate programs:
Plant and Microbial Biological Graduate Program Application deadline: December 1 each year
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Graduate Program Application deadline: December 1 each year
Internal funds are available for research assistantship, herbarium curatorial assistantship, summer/academic year fellowships, and research awards. Please contact Ya to discuss your interests.
In addition, Ya is happy to assist perspective graduate students with applying for external fellowships such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Deadline: October each year. Also see General info on applying for graduate school from Casey Dunn
Postdoc: Currently all funded positions have been filled. Ya is happy to assist you with applying for fellowships such as:
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Deadline: November each year
University of Minnesota Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program Deadline: February each year
University of Minnesota President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline: November each year
Comprehensive list for postdoc fellowships