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Yang Lab

Division of Biology
Kansas State University
317 Ackert Hall (Office)
411 Ackert Hall (Lab)

Phone (lab): 785-532-6152


The Yang Lab studies virus, the most abundant organism on earth. Viruses infect all cellular life and they are the best cell biologists. Many viruses cause deadly diseases in human, other animals and plants. We are particularly interested in poxviruses. Poxviruses comprise a large family of viruses with large, linear DNA genomes. Smallpox, the deadliest viral disease in human history, is caused by variola, a member of poxviruses. Poxviruses also cause many other currently endemic human and animal diseases, for example, monkeypox, cowpox and Molluscum contagiosum. Poxviruses are becoming more widely developed to prevent or treat many infectious diseases and cancers.


The Yang lab ASV 2017  

At the American Society for Virology (ASV) 36th Annual Meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 24-28, 2017. From the left, Chen, Anil, Julhahur, Pragyesh, Zhilong







Recent lab news

November 2017

Members of the Yang’s lab attended the 16th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting (November 10 and 11th, 2017, Lawrence, KS). Pragyesh, Anil, Shuai and Yanan each presented a poster. Zhilong gave a talk. 

Marlene was selected to receive a Johnson Cancer Center CRA award. Congrats!

October 2017

Three manuscripts were accepted for publication recently

1. Cao S, Realegeno S, Pant A, Satheshkumar PS, Yang Z*. Suppression of poxvirus replication by resveratrol. Front Microbiol. Accepted.

2. Dhungel P, Cao S, Yang Z*. The 5'-poly(A) leader of poxvirus mRNA confers a translational advantage that can be achieved in cells with impaired cap-dependent translation. PLoS Pathog. 2017 Aug 30;13(8):e1006602. 

3. Cao S, Dhungel P, Yang Z*. Going against the Tide: Selective Cellular Protein Synthesis during Virally Induced Host Shutoff. J Virol. 2017 Aug 10;91(17). pii: e00071-17. Review.

September 2017

Fred Cantu Joined the lab as a Research Assistant! Welcome, Fred!