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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

Benchtop, Research, Bedside and Application
Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Laising Yen, Ph.D.

Laising Yen, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Immunology
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Phone: 713-798-1180
Fax: 713-798-2778
Lab Web Site: Yen Lab


  • Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven
  • Postdoctoral, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven
  • Postdoctoral, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital, Boston

Research Interests

  • Investigating the roles of mutational event in cancer transcriptome, including chimeric RNA, alternative splicing, alternative polyadenylation, and RNA editing.
  • Identifying secreted proteins in cancer for early detection.
  • Developing RNA-based switches for gene regulation applications in gene/cell therapy.

Selected Publications

  • Kannan K, Wang L, Wang J, Ittmann MM, Li W, Yen L. Recurrent chimeric RNAs enriched in human prostate cancer identified by deep sequencing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 31;108(22):9172-7.
  • Wang L, Xi Y, Yu J, Dong L, Yen L, Li W. A statistical method for the detection of alternative splicing using RNA-seq. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 8;5(1):e8529.
  • Yen L, Stockwell BR, Mulligan RC. A mammalian cell-based assay for screening inhibitors of RNA cleavage. Methods Mol Biol. 2009;540:335-47.
  • Link KH, Guo L, Ames TD, Yen L, Mulligan RC, Breaker RR. Engineering high-speed allosteric hammerhead ribozymes. Biol Chem. 2007 Aug;388(8):779-86.
  • Yen L, Magnier M, Weissleder R, Stockwell BR, Mulligan RC. Identification of inhibitors of ribozyme self-cleavage in mammalian cells via high-throughput screening of chemical libraries. RNA. 2006 May;12(5):797-806.
  • Yen L, Svendsen J, Lee JS, Gray JT, Magnier M, Baba T, D'Amato RJ, Mulligan RC. Exogenous control of mammalian gene expression through modulation of RNA self-cleavage. Nature. 2004 Sep 23;431(7007):471-6.

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