Dr. Wei Yan is Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Senior Investigator at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is also Director of the National Center for Male Reproductive Epigenomics.
Dr. Yan received his M.D. from China Medical University in 1990 and Ph.D. from the University of Turku (Finland) in 2000. He completed his post-doc training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Yan works on genetic and epigenetic control of fertility and epigenetic contribution of gametes (sperm and eggs) to fertilization, early embryonic development, and adulthood health. As a principal investigator, Dr. Yan has been awarded a total of 15 grants (~$15 million in direct cost) since 2004. Dr. Yan has so far published >150 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters in high-impact journals with >11,000 citations. Dr. Yan has received numerous academic awards, including the 2009 Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Young Investigator Award, the 2012 American Society of Andrology (ASA) Young Andrologist Award, the 2013 Nevada Healthcare Hero Award for Research and Technology, the 2017 University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2018 SSR Research Award and the 2020 Nevada System of Higher Education Research Award. In 2016, Dr. Yan was named the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor, the highest honor the University bestows upon its faculty. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2017.
Dr. Yan served on the ASA Program (2010-2014) and Nominating (2012-2014) Committees. He was the Program Co-Chair in the 2019 ASA annual meeting in Chicago. He served as Reviewing Editor (2009-2013), Associate Editor (2013-2017), and co-Editor-in-Chief (2017-2021) for Biology of Reproduction, the official journal of the SSR. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the North America Testis Workshop (NATW) and will chair the 2022 NATW. Dr. Yan has mentored six junior faculty members and trained 14 post-docs and 25 graduate students in the last 17 years.