Yu Lan, PhD

Member, Division of Plastic Surgery

Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

UC Department of Pediatrics

Yu Lan, PhD, is interested in understanding the genetic basis and developmental mechanisms of structural birth defects. Specifically, Dr. Lan investigates the molecular pathways governing normal palate development in laboratory mice. Her ongoing investigations focus on delineating the molecular pathways involving these factors in palate development using a combination of genetic, embryological, and biochemical approaches.

PhD: University of Maine, Orono, ME.

Post-doc training: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME.

Lan Y, Jia S, Jiang R.  Molecular patterning of the mammalian dentition. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2014 Jan-Feb;25-26: 61-70.

Liu H, Lan Y, Xu J, Chang CF, Brugmann SA, Jiang R. Odd-skipped related-1 controls neural crest chondrogenesis during tongue development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.  2013 Nov 12;110(46):18555-60.

Xu J, Liu H, Park JS, Lan Y, Jiang R. Osr1 acts downstream of and interacts synergistically with Six2 to maintain nephron progenitor cells during kidney organogenesis. Development. 2014 Apr;141(7):1442-52.

Zhou H, Zou S, Lan Y, Fei W, Jiang R, Hu J. Smad7 modulates TGFbeta signaling during cranial suture development to maintain suture patency. J Bone Miner Res. 2014 Mar;29(3):716-24.

Zhou J, Gao Y, Lan Y, Jia S, Jiang R. Pax9 regulates a molecular network involving Bmp4, Fgf10, Shh signaling and the Osr2 transcription factor to control palate morphogenesis. Development. 2013 Dec;140(23):4709-18.

Lan Y, Liu H, Ovitt CE, Jiang R. Generation of Osr1 conditional mutant mice. Genesis. 2011 May;49(5):419-22.

Gao Y, Lan Y, Liu H, Jiang R. The zinc finger transcription factors Osr1 and Osr2 control synovial joint formation. Dev Biol. 2011 Apr 1;352(1):83-91.

Baek JA, Lan Y, Liu H, Maltby KM, Mishina Y, Jiang R. Bmpr1a signaling plays critical roles in palatal shelf growth and palatal bone formation. Dev Biol. 2011 Feb 15;350(2):520-31.

Chen J, Lan Y, Baek JA, Gao Y, Jiang R. Wnt/beta-catenin signaling plays an essential role in activation of odontogenic mesenchyme during early tooth development. Dev Biol. 2009 Oct 1;334(1):174–85.

Lan Y, Jiang R. Sonic hedgehog signaling regulates reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal interactions controlling palatal outgrowth. Development. 2009 Apr;136(8):1387-96.