Danyang Yu

Associate Professor of Practice of Biology
Danyang Yu
Associate Professor of Practice of Biology

Danyang Yu received her BS at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and her PhD at NYU Dept. of Biology in 2008, where she also performed postdoctoral work until 2010 in the laboratory of Stephen Small. Since 2010, she has been Assistant Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. She has published in such high-ranking journals as Cell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and Current Biology. Danyang will teach Genetics, Development, and Foundations of Science.

Research Interests

Dr. Yu’s research interests are genes and gene networks in early embryonic development.

Recent Publications

  • Hongtao Chen, Zhe Xu, Constance Mei, Danyang Yu and Stephen Small. 2012. A System of Repressor Gradients Spatially Organizes the Boundaries of Bicoid-Dependent Target Genes. Cell. 149: 618-629.
  • Paolo Struffi, Corado Maria, Kaplan Leah, Danyang Yu, Christine Rushlow and Stephen Small. 2011. Combinatorial activation and concentration-dependent repression of the Drosophila even skipped stripe 3+7 enhancer. Development. 138(19): 4291-4299.


  • PhD, Biology, New York University, 2009
  • MS, Biology, New York University, 2006
  • BS, Biological Science and Biotechnology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2002


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