Virginia Murchison Linthicum Scholar in Medical Research
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Yonghao is an analytical biochemist who uses quantitative mass spectrometry to uncover how signal transduction networks wire in cancer cells. Yonghao became fascinated by molecules during his childhood, leading him to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Fudan University. There he was named a “Chun-Tsung Scholar” by the Hui-Chun Chin and Tsung-Dao Lee Endowment, and performed undergraduate research in design and characterization of nanoporous materials. Then Yonghao received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. As a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Leary, he developed and implemented novel mass spectrometric technologies to characterize protein posttranslational modification and protein-protein, protein-carbohydrate and protein-drug interactions. In 2007, he joined the labs of Drs. Steven Gygi and John Blenis as a joint post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. There he continued to utilize mass spectrometry to characterize cancer signal transduction pathways. He joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center as an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry in spring 2012.