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Yao, Jianbo

Professor of Functional Genomics

Dr. Jianbo Yao is a professor of animal biotechnology and genomics and faculty member in the reproductive physiology, and genetics and developmental biology programs at the West Virginia University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in molecular biology from McGill University (Canada) and received his postdoctoral training at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Before joining the WVU faculty, he served as the associate director for the Center for Animal Functional Genomics at the Michigan State University. He teaches animal biotechnology and biochemistry courses. The major focus of his research is to discover novel oocyte-specific genes and determine their functional contributions to early embryonic development in cattle.


  1. Ma H, Weber GM, Hostuttler MA, Wei H, Wang L and Yao J. 2015. MicroRNA expression profiles from eggs of different qualities associated with post-ovulatory ageing in rainbow trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss). BMC Genomics. 16:201. doi 10.1186/s12864-015-1400-0.
  2. Tripurani SK, Lee KB, Wang L, Wee G, Smith GW, Lee YS, Latham KE and Yao J. 2011. A novel functional role for the oocyte-specific transcription factor newborn ovary homeobox (NOBOX) during early embryonic development in cattle. Endocrinology 152:1013–1023.
  3. Tejomurtula J, Lee KB, Tripurani SK, Smith GW and Yao J. 2009. Role of Importin α8, a new member of the importin α family of nuclear transport proteins, in early embryonic development in cattle. Biology of Reproduction 81:333–342.
  4. Bettegowda A, Yao J, Sen A, Li Q, Lee K, Kobayashi Y, Patel OV, Coussens PM, Ireland JJ and Smith GW. 2007. JY-1, a novel oocyte-specific gene, regulates granulosa cell function and early embryonic development in cattle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 104:17602-17607.
  5. Yao J, Ren X, Ireland JJ, Coussens PM, Smith TPL and Smith GW. 2004. Generation of a bovine oocyte cDNA library and microarray: Resources for identification of oocyte-expressed genes potentially important for oocyte/follicular development and early embryogenesis. Physiological Genomics 19:84-92.
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