Meet UNMC New Investigator Honghong Yao, Ph.D.

UNMC researcher Honghong Yao, Ph.D., answers questions about her work, life and interests.

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Honghong Yao, Ph.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 24 researchers who will be honored at a May 2 ceremony for UNMC's 2010 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Honghong Yao, Ph.D.
  • Title: instructor of department of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience
  • Joined UNMC: 2009
  • Hometown: Shandong, China

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

My research is focused on understanding how HIV and its proteins can synergize with drugs of abuse to cause more severe damage in the brain

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

My research will help understand the molecular pathways of neuronal toxicity, thus leading to the development of therapies targeting specific checkpoints of the pathway.

Name someone at UNMC who provides vital contributions to your success and briefly describe how they help you.

Under the guidance of Dr. Shilpa Buch, I started climbing my academic research career. From her, I learned how to manage the lab as a great team. I learned how to be a good human being in addition to being a good scientist and also learned how to accept manuscript/grant rejections. She taught me how to work hard and play hard. Of course, I also owe my success to the members of our lab.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I got first place in a 100-meter running test.
  • I like swimming, which makes one feel fresh after whole day's lab work.
  • I enjoy good drink with good friends.


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