Haitao Yang    Associate Professor, PI
InstituteShanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Institute Studies
Research AreaInfection and anti-infection
Contact Info.yanght@@shanghaitech.edu.cn

Dr. Yang received his BS degree from Sichuan University (2001), and his Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University (2006). Following his postdoctoral research at the Yale University (2006-2011), he was promoted to Associate Research Scientist (2011-2013). He joined Tianjin University in 2013, where he became Full Professor and served as Vice Dean of School of Life Sciences (2013-2017). He is also Research Professor of Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biomedicine (Adjunct) and Director of Infectious Disease Drug Discovery Institute. He joined ShanghaiTech University in Sept. 2018 as PI in Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS) and Associate Professor of School of Life Science and Technology.

Research Interests
Viruses are significant pathogens involved in human diseases throughout human history. Many of these virus-related human diseases have zoonotic origins, such as AIDS, bird flu, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). We focus on the essential stages of the viral life cycle: cellular entry, replication and transcription of the viral genome, and virion assembly and release to identify the pivotal targets for drug development. 

To study the underlying mechanisms of interplay between viruses and their hosts will also help reveal new drug targets. Innate host immunity is the first line of defense against pathogen infection, playing a critical role in host resistance to pathogenic microorganisms. Interestingly, the viruses have evolved a variety of strategies to antagonize host restriction and escape the innate immune response. The interaction between host antiviral proteins and viral antagonizing proteins constitutes a dynamic and sophisticated network. Thus, strategies that boost the roles of host restriction while diminishing viral antagonism may lead to new therapies against viral infection.

Selected Publications
1. Zhang B, Li J*, Yang X, Wu L, Zhang J, Yang Y, Zhao Y, Zhang L, Yang X, Yang X, Chen X, Liu Z, Jiang B, Jiang H, Guddat L, Yang H*, Rao Z* (2019). Crystal Structures of Membrane Transporter MmpL3, an Anti-TB Drug Target. Cell, 176(3):636–648. (*, corresponding author)

2. Li T, Zhao Q, Yang X, Chen C, Yang K, Wu C, Zhang T, Duan Y, Xue X, Mi K, Ji X, Wang Z, Yang H* (2018). Structural insight into the Zika virus capsid encapsulating the viral genome. Cell Res, 28(4):497-499. 

3. Yang X, Chen C, Tian H, Chi H, Mu Z, Zhang T, Yang K, Zhao Q, Liu X, Wang Z*, Ji X, Yang H* (2018). Mechanism of ATP hydrolysis by the Zika virus helicase. FASEB J, fj201701140R. doi: 10.1096/fj.201701140R 

4. Wang F, Chen C, Yang K, Xu Y, Liu X, Gao F, Liu H, Chen X, Zhao Q, Liu X, Cai Y*, Yang H* (2017). Michael Acceptor-Based Peptidomimetic Inhibitor of Main Protease from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. J Med Chem, 60(7):3212-3216. 

5. Chen X, Yang K, Wu C, Chen C, Hu C, Buzovetsky O, Wang Z, Ji X*, Xiong Y, Yang H* (2016). Mechanisms of activation and inhibition of Zika virus NS2B-NS3 protease. Cell Res, 26(11):1260-1263. 

6. Wang F, Chen C, Liu X, Yang K, Xu X*, Yang H* (2015). Crystal Structure of Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus Main Protease in Complex with Synergetic Dual Inhibitors. J Virol, 90(4):1910-7. 

7. Ji X, Wu Y, Yan J, Mehrens J, Yang H, DeLucia M, Hao C, Gronenborn AM, Skowronski J, Ahn J, Xiong Y (2013). Mechanism of allosteric activation of SAMHD1 by dGTP. Nat Struct Mol Biol, 20(11):1304-9. 

8. Yang H, Ji X, Zhao G, Ning J, Zhao Q, Aiken C, Gronenborn AM, Zhang P, Xiong Y (2012). Structural insight into HIV-1 capsid recognition by rhesus TRIM5α. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109(45):18372-7. 

9. Jia X, Singh R, Homann S, Yang H, Guatelli J, Xiong Y (2012). Structural basis of evasion of cellular adaptive immunity by HIV-1 Nef. Nat Struct Mol Biol, 19(7):701-6. 

10. Yang H, Wang J, Jia X, McNatt MW, Zang T, Pan B, Meng W, Wang HW, Bieniasz PD, Xiong Y (2010). Structural insight into the mechanisms of enveloped virus tethering by tetherin. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 107(43):18428-32. 

11. Yang H, Xie W, Xue X, Yang K, Ma J, Liang W, Zhao Q, Zhou Z, Pei D, Ziebuhr J, Hilgenfeld R, Yuen KY, Wong L, Gao G, Chen S, Chen Z, Ma D, Bartlam M, Rao Z (2005). Design of wide-spectrum inhibitors targeting coronavirus main proteases. PLoS Biol, 3(10):e324. 

12. Yang H, Yang M, Ding Y, Liu Y, Lou Z, Zhou Z, Sun L, Mo L, Ye S, Pang H, Gao GF, Anand K, Bartlam M, Hilgenfeld R, Rao Z (2003). The crystal structures of severe acute respiratory syndrome virus main protease and its complex with an inhibitor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 100(23):13190-5.