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Blencowe M, Yang X. Found in Translation – core network preservation across liver diseases and species. Cell Reports Medicine, 2:7, 2021. [link]

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von Scheidt M+, Zhao Y+, Vallim Q, Che N, Franzén O, Kurt Z, Yamamoto M, Edwards PA, Ruusalepp A, Kovacic J, Björkegren JLM, Lusis AJ, Yang X, Schunkert H. The transcription factor MAFF regulates an atherosclerosis relevant gene network connecting inflammation and cholesterol metabolism. Circulation, 143:1809–1823, 2021. [link]

Zhang Z, Park JW, Ahn IS, Diamante G, Sivakumar N, Arneson D, Yang X, van Veen JE, Correa SM. Hypothalamic estrogen receptor alpha mediate key side effects of tamoxifen therapy in mice. eLife, 10:e63333, 2021. [link]

Van Weperen V, Littman R, Arneson D, Contreras J, Yang X, Ajijola O. Single-cell transcriptomic profiling of satellite glial cells in stellate ganglia reveals developmental and functional axial dynamics. Glia, 69(5):1281-1291,  2021. [link]

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Diamante G, Cely I, Zamora Z, Ding J, Blencowe M, Lang J, Bline A, Singh M, Lusis AJ, Yang X. Systems Toxicogenomics of Prenatal Low-dose BPA Exposure on Liver Metabolic Pathways, Gut Microbiota, and Metabolic Health in Mice. Environment International 146: 106260, 2020. [link]

Hong J, Arneson D, Umar S, Ruffenach G, Cunningham CM, Ahn IS, Diamante G, Bhetraratana M, Park JF, Said E, Huynh C, Le T, Humbert M, Soubrier F, Montani D, Girerd B, Trégouët DA, Channick R, Saggar R, Eghbali M, Yang X. Single-cell Study of Two Rat Models of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Reveals Connections to Human Pathobiology and Drug Repositioning. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 203(8): 1006-1022, 2020, 2020. [link]

Haynes K, Yau C, Bild A, Laughney A, Morsut L, Yang X, Zaugg J, Hsu P, Pancaldi V, Iyer-Biswas S. How Has the Covid1-9 Pandemic Changed How You Will Approach Research and Lab Work in the Future? Cell Systems 11(6): 550-554, 2020. (Invited Voices) [link]

Zhang G, Meng Q, Blencowe M, Agrawal R, Gomez-Pinilla F, Yang X. Multi-tissue Multi-omics Nutrigenomics Indicates Context Specific Effects of DHA on Rat Brain. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research 64(23):2000788, 2020. [link]

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Arneson D, Yang X, Wang K. MethylResolver – A Method for Deconvoluting Bulk Tissue DNA Methylation Profiles into Known and Unknown Cell Contents. Communications Biology, 3:422, 2020. [link]

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Gao J, Littman R, Diamante G, Xiao X, Ahn IS, Yang X, Cole TA, Tontonoz P. Therapeutic IDOL reduction ameliorates amyloidosis and improves cognitive function in APP/PS1 mice.

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Ying Z, Byun HR, Meng Q, Noble E, Zhang G, Yang X*, Gomez-Pinilla F*. Biglycan Gene Connects Metabolic Dysfunction with Brain Disorder. BBA – Molecular Basis of Disease, 1864(12):3679-3687, 2018. [link]

Kurt Z, Barrere-Cain R, LaGuardia J, Mehrabian M, Pan C, Hui ST, Norheim F, Zhou Z, Hasin Y, Lusis AJ, Yang X. Tissue-specific Pathways and Networks Underlying Sexual Dimorphism in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Biology of Sex Differences, 9:46, 2018. [link]

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The Scientist features this proteomics study: Serum Survey Reveals Protein Patterns of Ill Health

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Li H, Li Q, Zhang Y, Liu W, Gu B, Narumi T, Siu KL, Youn JY, Liu P, Yang X, Cai HL. Novel Treatment of Hypertension by Specifically Targeting E2F for the Restoration of Endothelial Dihydrofolate Reductase and eNOS Function Under Oxidative Stress. Hypertension, 73:179–189, 2018. [link]

Shu L, Blencowe M, Yang X. Translating GWAS Findings to Novel Therapeutic Targets for Coronary Artery Disease. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 5:56, 2018. [link]

Hui S, Kurt Z, Tuominen L, Norheim F, Davis RC, Pan C, Dirks DL, Magyar CE, French SW, Krishnan KC, Sabir S, Campos-Pérez F, Sánchez NM, Macías-Kauffer L, León-Mimila P, Canizales-Quinteros S, Yang X, Beaven SW, Huertas-Vazquez A, Lusis AJ. The Genetic Architecture of Diet-induced Hepatic Fibrosis in Mice. Hepatology, 68: 2182-2196, 2018. [link]

Editorial by David A. Brenner in Hepatology: Of mice and men and NASH.

Plubell DL, Fenton AM, Wilmarth PA, Bergstrom P, Zhao Y, Minnier J, Heinecke JW, Yang X, Pamir N. Diet-independent proteome-wide alterations in adipose tissue link dendritic cells to 2-aminoadipoate associated insulin sensitivity. Scientific Reports, 8:11485, 2018. [link]

Hitzel J, Lee EJ, Zhang Y, Bibli S, Li X, Zukunft S, Pfluger B, Hu J, Schürmann C, Vasconez A, Oo J, Kratzer A, Kumar S, de Rezende F, Josipovic I, Thomas D, Giral H, Schreiber Y, Geisslinger G, Fork C, Yang X, Sigala F, Romanoski C, Kroll J, Jo H, Landmesser U, Lusis A, Namgaladze D, Fleming I, Leisegang MS, Zhu J, Brandes R. Oxidized phospholipids regulate amino acid metabolism through MTHFD2 to facilitate nucleotide release in endothelial cells. Nature Communications, 9:2292, 2018. [link]

Jones PD, Kaiser MA, Najafabadi MG,Koplev S, Zhao Y, Douglas G, Kyriakou T, Andrews S, Rajmohan R, Watkins H, Channon KM, Ye S, Yang X, Björkegren J, Samani NJ, Webb TR. The JCAD gene at the 10p11 coronary artery disease locus regulates Hippo signaling in endothelial cells. ATVB, 38:17111722, 2018. [link]

Arneson D, Zhang Y, Yang X*, Narayanan M*. Shared mechanisms among neurodegenerative diseases: from genetic factors to gene networks. Journal of Genetics 97: 795-806, 2018. [link]

Camacho J, Truong L, Kurt Z, Chen Y-W, Morselli M, Gutierrez G, Pellegrini M, Yang X, Allard P.  The memory of environmental chemical exposure in C. elegans is dependent on the Jumonji demethylases jmjd-2 and jmjd-3/utx-1Cell Reports 23:2392-2404, 2018. [link].

Batchu SN, Dugbartey JG, Wadosky KM, Mickelsen DM, Ko KA, Wood RW, Zhao Y, Yang X, Fowell DJ, Korshunov VA. Role of Innate Immunity in Development of Salt-dependent Hypertension: AXL, A Tyrosine Kinase Receptor the Key Regulator. American Journal of Pathology 188:1794-1806, 2018. [link].

Chella Krishnan K+, Kurt Z+, Barrere-Cain R, Sabir S, Das A, Floyd R, Vergnes L, Zhao Y, Che N, Charugundla S, Qi H, Zhou Z, Meng Y, Pan C, Seldin MM, Norheim F, Hui S, Reue K, Lusis AJ, Yang X. Integration of Multi-omics Data from Mouse Diversity Panel Highlights Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Cell Systems 6:1-13, 2018. [link][temporary free text link]

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Shu L, Arneson D, Yang X. Bioinformatics Principles for Deciphering Cardiovascular Diseases. In: Vasan R., Sawyer, D.(eds.) The Encyclopedia of Cardiovascular Research and Medicine, vol.[1], pp. 273-292. Oxford: Elsevier. 2018 [Book chapter]


Shu L, Chen KHK, Zhang G, Huan T, Kurt Z, Zhao Y, Codoni V, Tregouet DA, Yang J, Wilson JG, Luo X, Levy D, Lusis AJ, Liu S, Yang X. Shared genetic regulatory networks for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in multiple populations of diverse ethnicities in the United States. PLOS Genetics 3(9): e1007040, 2017. [link].

Meng Q, Zhuang Y, Ying Z, Agrawal R, Yang X*, Gomez-Pinilla F*. Traumatic Brain Injury Induces Genome-wide Transcriptomic, Methylomic, and Network Perturbations in Brain and Blood Predicting Neurological Disorders. EBioMedicine 16:184-194, 2017. [link].

News coverage on Meng et al. study: UCLA Newsroom, University of California NewsScience DailyEurekAlertUPIUCLA Health, MSN, News Medical,  MedicalExpress, TechTimesMDmag,  LaboratoryEquipment, Youtube, Healthcanal, iTechPostInquisitr, SF Gate; more at the publication site.

Arneson D+, Shu L+, Tsai B, Barrere-Cain R, Sun C, Yang X. Multi-dimensional Integrative Genomics Approaches to Dissecting Cardiovascular Disease. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine 4:8, 2017. [link].

von Scheidt M, Zhao Y, Kurt Z, Pan C, Zeng L, Yang X, Schunkert H, Lusis AJ. Applications and Limitations of Mouse Models for Understanding Human Atherosclerosis. Cell Metabolism 25: 248-261, 2017. [link].

Axelsson AS, Mahdi T, Nenonen HA, Singh T, Hänzelmann S, Wendt A, Bagge A, Reinbothe TM, Millstein J, Yang X, Zhang B, Gusmao EG, Shu L, Szabat M, Tang Y, Wang J, Salö S, Eliasson L, Artner I, Fex M, Johnson JD, Wollheim CB, Derry JMJ, Mecham B, Spégel P, Mulder H, Gesteira Costa Filho I, Zhang E, Rosengren AH.  Sox5 Regulates Beta-cell Phenotype And Is Reduced in Type 2 Diabetes. Nature Communications. 8: 15652, 2017. [link]

Plubell DL, Wilmarch PA, Zhao Y, Fenton AM, Minnier J, Reddy AP, Klimek J, Yang X, David L, Pamir N. Extended multiplexing of TMT labeling reveals age and high fat diet specific proteome changes in mouse epididymal adipose tissue. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. 16(5):873-890, 2017. [link].


Shu L, Zhao Y, Kurt Z, Byars SG, Tukiainen T, Kettunen J, Orozco, LD, Pellegrini M, Lusis AJ, Ripatti S, Zhang B, Inouye M, Makinen VP, Yang X. Mergeomics: Integration of Diverse Genomics Resources to Identify Pathogenic Perturbations to Biological Systems. BMC Genomics 17:874, 2016. [link to paperlink to R package at Mergeomics web server; link to R package at R Bioconductor].

Arneson D, Bhattacharya A, Shu L, Makinen VP, Yang X. Mergeomics: A Web Server for Identifying Pathological Pathways, Networks, and Key Regulators via Multidimensional Data Integration. BMC Genomics 17:722, 2016. [link to paper; link to Mergeomics web server].

Chen Y, Shu L, Qiu Z, Lee DY, Settle S, Hee SQ, Telesca D, Yang X, Allard P. Exposure to the BPA-Substitute Bisphenol S Causes Unique Alterations of Germline Function. PLOS Genetics. 12(7): e1006223, 2016. [link].

Zhao Y, Forst CV, Sayegh CE, Wang I*, Yang X*, Zhang B*.  Molecular and Genetic Inflammation Networks in Major Human Diseases. (Invited Review). Molecular BioSystems. 12(8):2318-41, 2016. [link].

Meng Q, Ying Z, Noble E, Zhao Y, Agrawal R, Mikhail A, Zhuang Y, Tyagi E, Zhang Q, Lee JH, Morselli M, Orozco L, Guo Q, Kilts TM, Zhu J, Zhang B, Pellegrini M, Xiao X, Young MF, Gomez-Pinilla F, Yang X. Systems Nutrigenomics Reveals Brain Gene Networks Linking Metabolic and Brain Disorders. EBioMedicine. 7:157-166, 2016. [link].

This study was honored the Popular Mechanics 2016 Breakthrough Award for “making the world a little better  this year”. More news coverage on Meng et al. study: UCLA newsroomScience DailyEurekAlert (American Association for the Advancement of Science)ForbesElleUPIUCLA HealthScienMagMedical News Today,  MedicalExpressHealthline NewsHealth Newsline,  Science2.0BioscienceTechnologyGEN News Highlights,  BreitBart,  LaboratoryEquipmentSydney Morning HeraldThe Science ExplorerNews-Medical.netBangalore Mirrordiabetes.co.ukThe TelegraphThe SunThe AgeScienTecDailyAsia News InternationalHealthCanal.comThe Times of IndiaAOL NewsYahoo NewsUC newsNational Radio of Slovenia, more at the publication site.

Zhao Y, Chen J, Freudenberg JM, Meng Q, CARDIoGRAM Consortium, Rajpal DK, Yang X. Network-based Identification and Prioritization of Key Regulators of Coronary Artery Disease Loci. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 36:928-941, 2016. [link]


Branne I+, Civelek M+, Vilne B+, Di Narzo A, Johnson AD, Zhao Y, Reiz B, Codoni V, Webb TR, Asl HF, Hamby SE, Zeng L, Tregouet DA, Hao K, Topol EJ, Schadt EE, Yang X, Samani NJ, Bjorkegren JLM, Erdmann J, Schunkert H, Lusis AJ on behalf of the Leducq Consortium CADGenomics. Prediction of Causal Candidate Genes in Coronary Artery Disease Loci. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 35(10):2207-17, 2015. [link]

Zhao Y, Barrere-Cain R,Yang X. Nutritional Systems Biology of Type 2 Diabetes. (Invited Review). Genes & Nutrition 10:31, 2015. [link]

Sazonova O+, Zhao Y+, Nurnberg ST+, Miller C, Castano VG, Kim JB, Salfati ELI, Kundaje AB, Bejerano G, Assimes T, Yang X, Quertermous T. Characterization of TCF21 Downstream Target Regions Identifies A Transcriptional Network Linking Multiple Independent Coronary Artery Disease Loci. PLOS Genetics 11:e1005202, 2015.  [link]

Ghosh S, Vivar J, Nelson CP, Willenborg C, Segre AV, Mäkinen VP, Nikpay M, Erdmann J, Blankenberg S, O’Donnell C, März W, Laaksonen R, Stewart AFR, Epstein SE, Shah SH, Granger CB, Hazen SL, Kathiresan S, Reilly MP, CARDIoGRAM consortium, Yang X, Quertermous T, Samani NJ, Schunkert H, Assimes TL, McPherson R. Systems Genetics Analysis of GWAS reveals Novel Associations between Key Biological Processes and Coronary Artery Disease.  Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 35: 1712-1722, 2015. [link]

Huan T, Meng Q, Saleh MA, Norlander AE, Joehanes R, Zhu J, Chen BH, Zhang B, Wang Z, Johnson AD, Ying S, Courchesne P, Raghavachari N, Wang R, Liu P, International Consortium for Blood Pressure GWAS (ICBP), O’Donnell CJ, Vasan R, Munson PJ, Madhur MS, Harrison DG, Yang X*, Levy D*. Integration of Transcriptomic Profiling, Genome-wide Association, and Network Biology Reveals Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Blood Pressure Regulation. Molecular Systems Biology 11:799, 2015. [link]

Knowles J, Hao K, Xie W, Zhang Z, Assimes TL, Paananen J, et al. Genome-wide Identification and Functional Validation of NAT2 as a Human Insulin Sensitivity Gene. Journal of Clinical Investigation 125: 1739-1751, 2015. [link]

Huan T, Esko T, Peters MJ, Pilling LC, Chen B, Liu C,…, Yang X*, Prokisch H*, Volker U*, van Meurs J*, Ferrucci L*, Levy D*. Transcriptome-wide Association Study of Gene Expression Signatures of Blood Pressure and Hypertension. PLOS Genetics  11:e1005035, 2015.  [link]

Huan T, Rong J, Tanriverdi K, Meng Q, Bhattacharya A, McManus D,…, Levy D, Yang X. Dissecting the Roles of microRNAs in Coronary Heart Disease via Integrative Genomics Analyses. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 35: 1011-21, 2015. [link]

Zhu J, Chen C, Yang B, Guo Y, Ai H, Ren J, et al. A Systems Genetics Study of Swine Illustrates Mechanisms Underlying Human Phenotypic Traits. BMC Genomics. 16:88, 2015.  [link]


Chan KHK, Huang Y, Meng Q, Wu C, Reiner A, Sobel EM,…Yang X*, Liu S*. Shared Molecular Pathways and Gene Networks for Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes in Women across Diverse Ethnicities. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. 7:911-919, 2014. [link] (Multiple media reports by Science Daily, Medical Xpress etc. See Lab News).

Narayanan M, Huynh JL, Wang K, Yang X, Yoo S, McElwee J, et al. Commom Dysrelation Network in the Human Prefrontal cortex Underlies Two Neurodegenrative Diseases. Molecular Systems Biology. 10 (7):743, 2014. [link]

Mäkinen V, Civelek M, Meng Q, Zhang B, Zhu J, Levian C,…Yang X*, Assimes T*. Integrative Genomics Reveals Novel Molecular Pathways and Gene Networks for Coronary Artery Disease. PLoS Genetics. 10(7):e1004502, 2014. [link] (Highlighed by Nature Reviews Genetics in “Piecing together the puzzle of cronary artery disease“).

Levian C,+ Ruiz E,+ Yang X. The Pathogenesis of Obesity from A Genomic and Systems Biology Perspective. (Invited Review). Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. 87:113-126, 2014. [link]


Dimas AS, Lagou V, Barker A, Knowles JW, Magi R, et al. Impact of Type 2 Diabetes Susceptibility Variants on Quantitative Glycemic Traits Reveals Mechanistic Heterogeneity. Diabetes 63(6):2158-71, 2013. [link]

Chaudhry AJ, Thirumaran RK, Yasuda K, Yang X, Fan Y, et al. Genetic Variation in Aldo-keto Reductase 1D1 (AKR1D1) Affects the Expression and Activity of Multiple Cytochrome P450s (CYPs). Drug Metabolism and Disposition 41(8):1538-47, 2013. [link]

He X, Fuller K, Song Y, Meng Q, Zhang B, Yang X, Li H. Sherlock: Detecting Gene-Disease Associations by Matching Patterns of Expression QTL and GWAS. American Journal of Human Genetics. 92(5):667-80, 2013. [link].

Huan T, Zhang B, Joehanes R, Wang Z, Zhu J,…, Meng Q,… Yang X*, Levy D* A Systems Biology Framework Identifies Molecular Underpinnings of Coronary Heart Disease. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 33: 1427-1434, 2013. [link]

Meng Q, Maekinen V, Luk H, Yang X. Systems Biology Approaches and Applications in Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Diseases. (Invited Review). Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. 7:73-83, 2013 [link]

Lou M, Thieringer R, Springer MS, Wright SD, Hermanowski-Vosatka A, et al. 11 β-HSD1 Inhibition Reduces Atherosclerosis in Mice by Altering Proinflammatory Gene Expression in the Vasculature. Physiological Genomics. 45:47-57, 2013. [link]


Tu, Z., Keller, M.P., Zhang, C., Rabaglia, M.E., Greenawalt, D.M. et al. Integrative Analysis of a Cross-loci Regulation Network Identifies App as a Gene Regulating Insulin Secretion from Pancreatic Islets. PLoS Genetics. 8:e1003107, 2012. [link]

Gaedigk, A., Yang, X. Genetic Concepts of Pharmacogenomics: Analytical Methods to Identify Genetic Variations and Bioinformatics. Book chapter for Textbook of Pharmacogenomics: An Introduction and Clinical Perspective (ed. Joe Bertino). The McCraw-Hill Companies 2012.[link]

Wang, I.*+, Zhang, B.*+, Yang, X.*+, Zhu, J., Stepaniants, S. et al. Systems Analysis of Eleven Rodent Disease Models Reveals an Inflammatome Signature and Key Drivers. Molecular Systems Biology 8:594, 2012. [link]

Greenawalt, D., Sieberts, S., Cornelis, M.C., Girman, C.J., Zhong, H., et al. Integrating SNP association, genetics of gene expression and SNP set analysis to identify susceptibility loci for type 2 diabetes. American Journal of Epidemiology 176(5):423-30, 2012. [link]

Yang, X.*, Zhang, B., Zhu, J. Functional Genomics- and Network-driven Systems Biology Approaches for Pharmacogenomics and Toxicogenomics. Current Drug Metabolism. 13(7):952-67, 2012 .  [link]

Kang, P., Yang, X., Chen, R., Zhang, B., Corona, E., Schadt, E.E., Butte, A. Integration of Disease-specific SNPs, Expression Quantitative Trait Loci, and Coexpression Networks Reveals Novel Candidate Genes for Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetologia 55:2205-2213, 2012.  [link]

Salm, M., Horswell, D., Hutchison, C., Ringham, H., Yang, X., et al. The Origin, Global Distribution and Functional Impact of the Human 8p23Inversion Polymorphism. Genome Research 22(6):1144-53, 2012.  [link]

Yang, X.* Use of Functional Genomics to Identify Candidate Genes Underlying Human Genetic Association Studies of Vascular Diseases.Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 32:216-222, 2012. [link].

2011 and earlier

Yang, X., Tu, Z., Zhu, J. Systems Biology Approaches to Study Diet x Genome Interactions. Book Chapter for Nutritional Genomics: The Impact of Dietary Regulation of Gene Function on Human Diseases (eds Wayne R. Ridlack and Raymond Rodriguez). Taylor and Francis 2011. [article] [book]

Kasarskis, A.+, Yang, X.+, Schadt, EE. Integrative Genomics Strategies to Elucidate the Complexity of Drug Response. Pharmacogenomics12:1695-715, 2011. [link]

Yang, X.*, Peterson, L., Stepaniants, S., Deignan, J., Wang, X., et al. Identification and Validation of Genes Affecting Aortic Lesions in Mice.The Journal of Clinical Investigation 120:2414-22, 2010. [link]

Zhong, H., Yang, X., Kaplan, L., Molony, C., Schadt, E.E. Integrating Pathway Analysis and Genetics of Gene Expression for Genome-wide Association Studies. American Journal of Human Genetics 86:581-591, 2010. [link]

Yang, X.*+, Zhang, B+., Molony, C., Chudin, E., Ulrich, R., et al. Systematic Genetic and Genomic Analysis of Cytochrome P450 Enzyme Activities in Human Liver. Genome Research 20(8):1020-36, 2010. [link]

Zhong, H., Beaulaurier, J., Lum, P., Molony, C., Yang X., et al. Liver and Adipose Expression Associated SNPs Are Enriched for Association to Type 2 Diabetes. PLoS Genetics 6:e1000932, 2010. [link]

Stoltz, D.A., Ozer, E.A., Recker, T.J., Estin, M., Yang, X., et al. Common Mutation in Paraoxonase-2 Results in Impaired Lactonase Activity. Journal of Biological Chemistry 284(51): 35564–35571, 2009. [link]

Loboda, A., Kraft, W.K., Joseph, J., Fine, B., Neboahyn, M., et al., Diurnal Variation in Human Adipose Tissue: Link to Metabolic Diseases. BMC Medical Genomics 2:7, 2009. [link]

Yang, X., Deignan, J.L., Qi, H., Zhu, J., Qian, S., et al. Validation of Candidate Causal Genes for Obesity Which Affect Shared Metabolic Pathways and Networks. Nature Genetics 41: 415-423, 2009. [link] (Featured by Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, and SciBX)

Chen, Y., Zhu, J., Lum, P.Y., Yang, X., Pinto, S., et al. Variations in DNA Elucidate Molecular Networks that Cause Disease. Nature 452: 429-435, 2008. [link] (Featured by ~20 journals, magazines, and newspapers such as Nature News, Forbes, Reuters)

Schadt, E.E., Molony, C., Chudin, E., Hao, K., Yang, X., et al. Mapping the Genetic Architecture of Gene Expression in Human Liver. PLoS Biology 6: e107, 2008. [link] (Feathered by Bio-IT World and The Scientist)

Bhattacharyya, T., Nicholls, S.J., Topol, E.J., Zhang, R., Yang, X., et al. Relationship of Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) Gene Polymorphisms and Functional Activity with Systemic Oxidative Stress and Cardiovascular Risk. Journal of American Medical Association 299: 1265-1276, 2008. [link]

Itoh, Y., Melamed, E., Yang, X., Kampf, K., Wang, S., et al. Dosage Compensation Is Less Effective in Birds than in Mammals. Journal of Biology 6:2, 2007. [link] (Featured by ScienceNow, Physorg, Innovations-report, Alphagalileo, and Softpedia)

Yang, X., Schadt, E.E., Wang, S., Ingram-Drake, L., Arnold, A., et al. Tissue-Specific Expression and Regulation of Sexually Dimorphic Genes in Mice. Genome Research 16:95-1004, 2006. [link] (Featured by ~40 journals, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, and radio stations such as Science News, Nature News, Discover magazine, CNN news)

Schadt, E.E., Lamb, J. Yang, X., Zhu, J., Edwards, S., et al. An Integrative Genomics Approach to Infer Causal Associations between Gene Expression and Disease. Nature Genetics 37:710-717, 2005. [link] (Nominated as “Breakthrough of the Year 2005 – The Runners Up” byScience)

Ghazalpour, A., Doss, S., Yang, X., Aten, J., Toomey, E. M., et al. Thematic Review Series: The Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis. Toward a Biological Network for Atherosclerosis. Journal of Lipid Research 45: 1793-1805, 2004. [link]

Yang, X., Grant, K.B. Chemical Sequencing of Restriction Fragments 3-end-labeled with [35S]dATPαS. Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods. 50: 123-128, 2002.