Yang Lab

Priscilla L. Yang, Ph.D.

Priscilla Yang


     Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, I graduated with combined MS/BS degrees in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.  Alanna Schepartz was my thesis advisor, and her generosity in letting me stay on for a post-graduate year to continue my projects developing and using tools to study protein folding and DNA-binding proteins played a significant part in my interest in bio-organic chemistry.  I earned my doctorate in Bio-Organic Chemistry with Peter G. Schultz at the University of California-Berkeley, where I studied the structure, function, and immunological evolution of catalytic antibodies.  The challenge of making antibodies into catalysts forced me to become a good bench experimentalist but also generated a desire to characterize natural phenomena in biological systems.  Consequently, for my post-doctoral training, I moved to the research group of Francis V. Chisari at The Scripps Research Institute where I began studying hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus and in particular focused on engineering model systems for studying these two fascinating viral pathogens.
     In my own research group here at Harvard Medical School, we develop and apply chemical tools in order to understand the interactions between the host and virus that are responsible for productive replication.  My own mentors were generous and inspiring, and I am doing my best to give my own students and post-doctoral fellows the same sense that the only limit on their science is their own imagination.  Aside from science, I enjoy hiking and running, good novels, great food, and traveling with my family.