Humphrey Hung Chang Yao
Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences
University of Illinois at Urbana, USA
Humphrey Yao, Ph.D., leads the Developmental Reproductive Biology Group within the Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology. Yao received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and completed his postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center in 2002. He became assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and received tenure in 2009. Yao joined NIEHS in August 2010.
Understanding how different somatic cell lineages Sertoli and Leydig cells in the testis and granulose and theca cells in the ovary are established in the fetal testis and ovary, respectively. Defining the cellular processes that lead to the formation of testis architecture and follicle assembly in the ovary. Investigating the effects of in utero exposure to endocrine disruptors on gonad organogenesis and lingering impacts on fertility in adulthood.