Interview with Yang Yang

This Young Career Focus presents Yang Yang (University of California Santa Barbara, USA).

Yang Yang obtained his B.S. in chemistry from Peking University (P. R. of China) in 2011 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2016 under the guidance of Professor Steve Buchwald at MIT (Cambridge, USA). Subsequently, he moved to the group of Professor Francis Arnold at Caltech (Pasadena, USA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Yang started his independent career in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA) in 2020. By integrating organic chemistry, biocatalysis and protein engineering, the Yang group is reprograming nature’s biosynthetic machineries to address challenging problems in synthesis and catalysis. Yang has already been awarded various prizes and is also one of the recipients of the 2023 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award.

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