Prof Robert Yang

Dr. Hongyuan (Robert) Yang is currently a professor at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is also a senior research fellow of the NHMRC (2014-2019). He obtained a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Peking University (Beijing, China) in 1993; and a Ph.D. from Columbia University (New York, USA) in 1998.

His work focuses on lipid storage and trafficking in eukaryotic cells and animals. He has published ~90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, some of which are in high impact journals such as Science, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, J Cell Biol., Nature Comms and Diabetes etc. His group identified a number of gene products that regulate the biogenesis and growth of lipid droplets. One of those, SEIPIN, is also essential for adipogenesis. His group also identified and characterized a number of proteins that regulate cellular lipid trafficking and homeostasis. In particular, his group recently identified members of the oxysterol binding protein family that regulate cholesterol and PI(4,5)P2 at plasma membrane, and at lysosomes.