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Ivana V. Yang, PhD

Associate Professor

​Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

Center for Genes, Environment, and Health, National Jewish Health

Teaching & Professional Positions

2011-present: Associate Professor Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver and Center for Genes, Environment, and Health, National Jewish Health

2009-2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver

2008-2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, and Deputy Director, Center for Genes, Environment and Health, National Jewish Health

2005–2008: Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Environmental Lung Disease, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

2003–2005: Assistant Research Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests

I have a broad background in genomics, genetics, and bioinformatics.  I currently share a laboratory with David A. Schwartz, MD. The focus of the research in the Schwartz/Yang laboratory is on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that are contributing to the development of allergic airway disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and innate immune responsiveness. Human and animal models are used to pursue these studies. Our research in these areas has the potential to develop biomarkers for early identification of susceptible individuals, lead to novel concepts about the prevention and pathogenesis of these diseases, and to transform therapy in pulmonary fibrosis, microbial infections, sepsis, and asthma.

Education & Training

College of William and Mary, Chemistry, BS 1996

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chemistry, PhD 2000

The Institute for Genomic Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Functional Genomics 2001-2003

Awards & Recognition


American Thoracic Society Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (RCMB) Program Committee



Infectious, Reproductive, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions (IRAP) Study Section, NIH, ad hoc reviewer


Peer Grant Review, Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland


Peer Grant Review, Medical Research Council (MRC), UK


IASys Peer Grant Review, Wellcome Trust, UK


S10 Shared Instrument Study Section, NIH


Program Committee, The 18th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB)


External Advisory Committee, West Virginia-IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE)

2003: EU-US Workshop on Molecular Signatures of DNA Damage Induced Stress Response Young Scientist Travel Award

2002: Aspen Cancer Conference Young Investigator

1996: Phi Beta Kappa