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Zunyi Yang

Education

  • BS in Chemistry. Northwest University, China (1997)
  • PhD in Chemistry. Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (2002)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate. University of Florida (2005)

Research summary

My research focuses on the development of an efficient and accurate method for the detection of multiple nucleic acids in biological sample. This innovative technology is the multiplexed amplification of DNA and RNA and the orthogonal capture of oligonucleotides tagged with non-standard nucleobases in such a fashion where close mismatches do not compete. My research includes: 1) Synthesis of two components of a non-standard nucleobase pair, dZ:dP, along with a demonstration that the stability of the dZ:dP base pair is stronger than G:C base pair. Furthermore, a demonstration to show the ability of each base to effectively discriminate against mismatches in short duplex DNA. 2) PCR amplification of DNA containing dZ:dP base pair with sufficient fidelity and development of the methodology for the measurement of enzyme fidelity. 3) Synthesis of a novel molecular beacon containing dZ and dP to detect the level of the expression of viral genes in cancer cell. 4) Development of the technology of multiplexed PCR and microarray of dZ and dP, by combining the enzymology and chemistry of non-standard nucleobases. The goal of my research is to reduce the cost of personalized DNA sequencing, revolutionize the diagnosis, management, and treatment of human disease.

Recent Publications

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Aptamers against Cells Overexpressing Glypican 3 from Expanded Genetic Systems Combined with Cell Engineering and Laboratory Evolution
Zhang, L, Yang, Z, Trinh, TL, Teng, I-T, Wang, S, Bradley, KM, Hoshika, S, Wu, Q, Cansiz, S, Rowold, DJ, McLendon, C, Kim, M-S, Wu, Y, Cui, C, Liu, Y, Hou, W, Stewart, K, Wan, S, Liu, C, Benner, SA, Tan, W
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55 (2016) doi: 10.1002/anie.201605058
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A norovirus detection architecture based on isothermal amplification and expanded genetic systems
Ozlem Yaren, Kevin M. Bradley, Patricia Moussatche, Shuichi Hoshika, Zunyi Yang,Shu Zhu, Stephanie M. Karst, Steven A. Benner
J Virol Methods (237) , Elsevier 64-71 (2016) doi: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2016.08.012
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Evolution of functional six-nucleotide DNA
Zhang, L., Yang, Z., Sefah, K., Bradley, K. M., Hoshika, S., Kim, M-J,. Kim, H-J., Zhu., Jimenez, E., Cansiz, S., Teng, I-T., Champanhac, C, McLendon, C., Liu, C., Zhang, W., Gerloff, D. L., Huang, Z., Tan, W., Benner, S. A.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2015) DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b02251
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Detecting respiratory viral RNA using expanded genetic alphabets and self-avoiding DNA
Lyudmyla G. Glushakova, Nidhi Sharma, Shuichi Hoshika, Andrea C. Bradley, Kevin M. Bradley, Zunyi Yang, Steven A. Benner
Anal Biochem , Elsevier (2015) Nov 15;489:62-72. doi: 10.1016/j.ab.2015.08.015
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High-throughput multiplexed xMAP Luminex array panel for detection of twenty two medically important mosquito-borne arboviruses based on innovations in synthetic biology
Lyudmyla G. Glushakova, Andrea Bradley, Kevin M. Bradley, Barry W. Alto, Shuichi Hoshika, Daniel Hutter, Nidhi Sharma, Zunyi Yang, Myong-Jung Kim, Steven A. Benner
J Virol Methods 214 , Elsevier 60-74 (2015) doi: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2015.01.003
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A Crystal Structure of a Functional RNA Molecule Containing an Artificial Nucleobase Pair
Armando R. Hernandez, Yaming Shao, Shuichi Hoshika, Zunyi Yang, Sandip A. Shelke, Julien Herrou, Hyo-Joong Kim, Myong-Jung Kim, Joseph A. Piccirilli, and Steven A. Benner
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54 9853-9856 (2015) doi: 10.1002/anie.201504731
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Helicase Dependent Isothermal Amplification of DNA and RNA using Self-Avoiding Molecular Recognition Systems
Zunyi Yang, Chris McLendon, Daniel Hutter, Kevin M. Bradley, Shuichi Hoshika, Carole Frye, and Steven A. Benner
ChemBioChem (2015) June 15; 16(9): 1365-1370. doi:10.1002/cbic.201500135.
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Conversion strategy using an expanded genetic alphabet to assay nucleic acids
Yang, Z., Durante, M., Glushakova, L., Sharma, N., Leal, N., Bradley, K., Chen, F., Benner, S. A.
Anal. Chem. (2013) 85(9):4705-12
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Recognition of an expanded genetic alphabet by type-II restriction endonucleases and their application to analyze polymerase fidelity.
Chen, F; Yang, ZY; Yan, M; Alvarado, JB; Wang, G; Benner, SA
Nucl. Acids Res. 39 (9) 3949-3961 (2011)
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Synthetic Biology, Tinkering Biology, and Artificial Biology: A Perspective from Chemistry
Benner, SA; Chen, F; Yang, ZY
Chemical Synthetic Biology , ed. Pier Luigi Luisi and Cristiano Chiarabelli , Wiley 69-106 (2011)

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