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Professor YANG, Dan

Professor YANG, Dan

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, HKU

B.Sc.(Fudan), M.A.(Columbia), Ph.D. 1991(Princeton)

    • 2859 2159
    • 605 Chong Yuet Ming Chemistry Building University of Hong Kong Pokfulam Road Hong Kong

    Research area:

    • Developing novel, efficient, and environmentally friendly methods for drug synthesis;
    • asymmetric catalysis;
    • total synthesis of bioactive natural products;
    • design, synthesis and biological applications of novel peptide mimics



    • Chinese Young Women in Science Fellowship (2011)
    • TWAS Prize in Chemistry (2010)
    • Associate Editor of Organic Letters (2010-)
    • Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Acc. of Chem. Res., J. Org. Chem., ACS Chem. Biol., Chem. Asian J., and Beilstein J. of Org. Chem.
    • Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award (2008)
    • Morningside Professorship in Chemical Biology (2007)
    • Eli Lilly Scientific Excellence Award in China (2006)
    • Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award, JCI Hong Kong (2004)
    • HKU Outstanding Researcher Award (2003)
    • Outstanding Young Scholar Grant Award, NSFC (2003-05)
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Unrestricted Grant Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2001-04)
    • Croucher Senior Research Fellowship Award (2001)
    • Mr. and Mrs. Sun Chan Memorial Award in Organic Chemistry (2000, shared with Professor Gregory C. Fu at MIT)



    1. N. Ieda, H. Nakagawa, T. Peng, D. Yang, T. Suzuki, N. Miyata. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 2563-2568.
    2. R. Y. Kao, D. Yang, L.-S. Lau, W. H. W. Tsui, L.-H. Hu, J. Dai, M.-P. Chan, C.-M. Chan, P. Wang, B.-J. Zheng, J. Sun, J.-D. Huang, J. Madar, G.-H. Chen, H.-L. Chen, Y. Guan, K.-Y. Yuen. Nature Biotechnol. 2010, 28, 600-605.
    3. X. Li, B. Shen, X.-Q. Yao, D. Yang. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 13676-13680.
    4. F. Chen, K.-S. Song, Y.-D. Wu, D. Yang. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 743-755.
    5. X. Li, Y.-D. Wu, D. Yang. Acc. Chem. Res. 2008, 41, 1428-1438.
    6. X. Li, B. Shen, X.-Q. Yao, D. Yang. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 7264-7265.
    7. K.-T. Yip, M. Yang, K.-L. Law, N.-Y. Zhu, D. Yang. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 3130-3131.
    8. D. Yang, H.-L. Wang, Z.- N. Sun, N.-W. Chung, J.- G. Shen. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 6004-6005.
    9. D. Yang, B.-F. Zheng, Q. Gao, S. Gu, N.-Y. Zhu. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2006, 45, 255-258.
    10. D. Yang, Acc. Chem. Res., 2004, 37, 497-505.