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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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Ultra-rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 in public workspace environments
Yaren, O., McCarter, J., Phadke, N., Bradley, K. M., Overton, B., Yang, Z., Ranade, S., Patil, K., Bangale, R., Benner, S. A.
PLOS One , Public Library of Science (2021) 10.1371/journal.pone.0240524, DOI:10.1101/2020.09.29.20204131
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An Aptamer-Nanotrain Assembled from Six-Letter DNA Delivers Doxorubicin Selectively to Liver Cancer Cells.
Zhang, L., Wang, S., Yang, Z., Hoshika, S., Xie, S., Li, J., Chen, X., Wan, S., Li, L., Benner, S.A., Tan, W.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2020) 59(2): 663-668, DOI:10.1002/anie.201909691
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Ligand Guided Selection (LIGS) with Artificially Expanded Genetic Information Systems against TCR-CD3ε
Zumrut, H., Yang, Z., Williams, N., Arizala, J., Batool, S., Benner, S.A., Mallikaratchy, P.
Biochemistry (2020) 59(4):552-562, DOI:10.1021/acs.biochem.9b00919
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Eliminating Primer Dimers and Improving SNP detection using Self-Avoiding Molecular Recognition Systems (SAMRS)
Yang, Z., Le, J.T., Hutter, D., Bradley, K.M., Overton, B.R., McLendon, C., Benner, S.A.
Biol. Methods Protoc. , Oxford Academics (2020) 5(1):bpaa004, DOI:10.1093/biomethods/bpaa004
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Nucleoside analogs to manage sequence divergence in nucleic acid amplification and SNP detection.
Yang, Z., Kim, H.-J., Le, J., McLendon, C., Bradley, K.M., Kim, M.-S., Hutter, D., Hoshika, S., Yaren, O., Benner, S.A.
Nucl. Acids Res. (2018) 46(12): 5902-10,DOI:10.1093/nar/gky392
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Biological phosphorylation of an Unnatural Base Pair (UBP) using a Drosophila melanogaster deoxynucleoside kinase (DmdNK) mutant.
Chen, F., Zhang, Y., Daugherty, A.B., Yang, Z.Y., Shaw, R., Dong, M.X., Lutz, S. and Benner, S.A.
PLOS One , Public Library of Science (2017) 12(3): e0174163, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0174163
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Point of sampling detection of Zika virus within a multiplexed kit capable of detecting dengue and chikungunya
Yaren, O., Alto, B.W., Gangodkar, P.V., Ranade, S.R., Patil, K.N., Bradley, K.M., Yang, Z., Phadke, N., Benner, S.A
BMC Infect. Dis. , BioMed Central Ltd. (2017) 17(1):293, DOI:10.1186/s12879-017-2382-0
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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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