Xian-Jie Yang

Xian-Jie Yang, Ph.D.

Professor, Ophthalmology Member, Brain Research Institute Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area Gene Regulation GPB Home Area Neuroscience GPB Home Area Stein Eye Institute


Los Angeles, CA 90095

Los Angeles, CA 90095


Xian-Jie Yang is a developmental biologist, who has served on the UCLA School of Medicine faculty since she joined the Department of Ophthalmology in 1996. She is a member of the Molecular Biology Institute, Brain Research Institute, and has become an associate professor in 2003. Dr, Yang obtained her B.S in biology from Beijing Normal University and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology after studying transcription regulation. She pursued her postdoctoral training at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School working on vertebrate neural development. Her research centers on development and diseases of the vertebrate retina, in particular growth factor signaling mechanisms during normal neural differentiation and neuronal survival in retinal degeneration. Her laboratory is also developing cellular and molecular therapies for inherited retinal diseases.

Awards and Honors

  • Career Development Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness, 1996-2000.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH, 1992-1994.
  • Dolly Green Special Scholar Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness, 2002-2003.
  • Basil O'Connor Starter Award, March of Dimes Foundation, 1998-2000.
  • Undergraduate Mentor Award, University of California Los Angeles, 2022.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, 1988-1991.
  • Research Awards, Karl Kirchgessner Foundation, 1999-2002.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medical Foundation/King Turst, 1991-1992.
  • Ernest G. Herman Chair in Ophthalmology, University of California Los Angeles, 2012.