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Burton Yang, M.Sc., PhD

Senior scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room S1 10
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100, ext. 7609

Administrative Assistant: Melanie Suttar (S111A)
416-480-6100, ext. 3536


  • B.Sc., 1982, plant pathology, South China Agricultural University, China
  • M.Sc., 1985, biochemistry of plant virology, South China Agricultural University, China
  • PhD, 1991, microbiology, University of Manitoba, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Focus:

  • The role of proteoglycans and microRNAs in angiogenesis

Research Summary:

Dr. Yang’s group has been working on the extracellular matrix, especially in the area of proteoglycan. His group has made significant contribution to the area of versican, an extracellular proteoglycan. Proteoglycans are important members in the extracellular matrix, which play important roles in angiogenesis. Dr. Yang’s group undertakes the approaches of RNA interference including siRNAs and microRNAs to study the roles of matrix molecules in angiogenesis. It now appears that some of the microRNAs discovered in the human genome contribute to the development of cancer. Dr. Yang has developed a system to study the role of microRNA in tumour growth and angiogenesis. His group has demonstrated that one of the microRNA (miR-378) enhanced tumour cell survival and tumour growth. Dr. Yang’s group is studying the mechanism associated with this effect.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Zheng PS, Wen J, Ang LC, Sheng W, Viloria-Petit A, Wang Y, Wu Y, Kerbel RS, and Yang BB, FASEB J. 18, 754-756
  2. Wu Y, Chen L, Cao L, Sheng W, and Yang BB, J. Cell Science,117, 2227-2237, 2004.
  3. Zheng PS, Vais D, La Pierre D, Liang YY, Yang BL, and Yang BB, J. Cell Science, 117, 5887-5895, 2004.
  4. Wu Y, Sheng W, Chen L, Dong H, Lee V, Lu F, Wong CS, Lu, WY, and Yang BB, Mol. Biol. Cell 15, 2093-2104, 2004.
  5. Sheng W, Wang G, Wang Y, Liang J, Wen J, Zheng PS, Wu Y, Lee V, Slingerland J, Dumont D, and Yang BB, Mol. Biol. Cell, 16, 1330-1340, 2005.
  6. Sheng W, Wang G, La Pierre DP, Wen J, Deng Z, Wong CKA, Lee DY, and Yang BB, Mol. Biol. Cell, 17, 2009-2020, 2006.
  7. Zheng PS, Reis M, Sparling C, Lee DY, La Pierre DP, Wong CKA, Deng Z, Kahai S, Wen J, and Yang BB, J. Biol. Chem. 281, 8175-8182, 2006.
  8. La Pierre DP, Lee DY, Li SZ, Xie YZ, Zhong L, Sheng W, Deng Z, and Yang BB. Cancer Research. 67, 4742-4750, 2007
  9. Lee DY, Deng Z, Wang C, Yang BB Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 104 (51), 20350-20355, 2007.
  10. Wang CH, Lee DY, Deng Z. Jeyapalan Z, Lee SC, Kahai S, Lu WY, Zhang Y, and Yang BB (2008) PLoS ONE. 2008 June 18;3(6):e242, 1-14

Awards and Honours:

  • 1997-2001, Arthritis Society of Canada Scholarship
  • 2001-2006, Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award
  • 2006-2011, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Career Investigator Award

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