A Novel Mechanism to Enhance Lymphatic Valve Formation:
Therapeutic Implications for Lymphedema
About the speaker: Dr. Ying Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology in the Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida. The main research interest in her laboratory is to understand the biological functions of the transcription factor FOXO1 during lymphatic development and lymphatic disease. Her NIH-funded laboratory is the first to stimulate the growth of new lymphatic valves in a physiological manner by deleting Foxo1, which has the potential to treat several types of primary lymphedema where valves regress or disintegrate. Dr. Yang completed her Ph.D. work at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China and her postdoctoral studies at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Missouri. Dr. Yang is the recipient of the 2021 NAVBO Springer Junior Investigator Award.