Yao Liang Tang


Yao Liang Tang


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Cardiology

The Graduate School


I got my MD in 1993, and Ph.D in 2002, I got my postdoctoral training in Dr. M. Ian Phillips's lab in University of Florida and University of South Florida, I got my 1st faculty position in University of South Florida in 2004, I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 in Keck Graduate Institute, and then recruited to University of Cincinnati as tenure track associate professor in 2009, and then recruited to Medical College of Georgia, GRU in 2013. My lab is focused on stem cell biology and epigenetics.

  • (706) 721-8467
  • CB 3303A


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, General Fudan Univ, 2002

  • MD, Medicine Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ, 1993


  • Research Administration Volunteer Recognition Award American Heart Association, 2015

  • FELLOW of American Heart Association (FAHA) American Heart Association, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Clinical Science Research Award Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, 2017

  • Research Administration Volunteer Recognition Award American Heart Association, 2015

  • FELLOW of American Heart Association (FAHA 2012

  • Annual Faculty Research Award Keck Graduate Institute, 2007

  • Dr. Jeff Isner Young Investigator Award (Winner) Massachusetts General Hospital, Cardiovascular Cell and Gene Therapy Conference, 2004

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • VBIO 8010

    Methods in Cardiovascular Rese
  • VBIO 8020

    New Frontiers in Vasc Bio

Teaching Interests

course about stem cells and exosomes


Selected Recent Publications

  • . Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) regulates adipocyte lipid metabolism independent of adipogenic differentiation: role of apolipoprotein E. , 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Convergences of Life Sciences and Engineering in Understanding and Treating Heart Failure, 2019
    Technical Report
  • Modification of Cardiac Progenitor Cell-Derived Exosomes by miR-322 Provides Protection against Myocardial Infarction through Nox2-Dependent Angiogenesis, 2019
    Technical Report
  • Cardiac Progenitors Induced from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells with Cardiogenic Small Molecule Effectively Regenerate Infarcted Hearts and Attenuate Fibrosis, 2018
  • Circular noncoding RNAs as potential therapies and circulating biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases, 2018

Research Interests

My primary research goals are to identify the molecular mechanisms of stem cell mediated cardiovascular protection and regeneration. More specifically, we are interested in (1) cross talking between HIF-1α and Notch signaling in homing, survival, and differentiation of stem cells; (2) exosomes-mediated survival signaling in stem cell mediated cardio protection; (3) the regulation of small non-coding RNA (microRNA) and long non-coding RNA (LncRNA) in stem cells; (4) cardiac differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells; (4) role of HDAC11 in cardiovascular disease. We found that hypoxic preconditioning enhances paracrine effects of CPC transplantation and improves heart function via angiogenesis and cardiovascular lineage differentiation. I have 16-year’s interdisciplinary research experience in mouse/rat model of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion, mouse cardiovascular physiology, mouse vascular injury model, stem cell biology, molecular biology and histology.

University Service

  • Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (ICC) 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • NIH Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (ZRG1 CB-F (55) R) 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Review 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award (ZRG1 MOSS-R (70) R) 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • AHA Genetics and Epigenetics study section 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • NIH Cardiac Contractility, Hypertrophy, and Failure Study Section [CCHF] 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer

Public Service

  • Society for Chinese-American Professors & Scientists (SoCAPS) 2012 - 2013

    Role: Officer, Treasurer