Mingyi Yao, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor

Midwestern University
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Pharmaceutical Science
19555 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308
Office: (623)572-3575
email: myao@midwestern.edu


Ph.D. Pharmacology Creighton University 2010
M.S. Chemistry Rochester Institute of Technology 2005


My laboratory focuses on exploring drug effects on functions of cardiovascular system. Specifically, research is conducted to characterize modulating effects of new drugs on diseased vessel or heart, or, explore signaling pathway involved in cardiovascular disease to identify new drug target. Technically, my laboratory uses ex vivo model (isolated tissue/organ) and in vivo model (whole animal) for functional assays. In addition, in vitro model (mainly primary cell culture) is applied for identification of molecular target.

Selected Publications

Cellular, pharmacological, and biophysical evaluation of explanted lungs from a patient with sickle cell disease and severe pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Rogers NM, Yao M, Sembrat J, George MP, Knupp H, Ross M, Sharifi-Sanjani M, Milosevic J, St Croix C, Rajkumar R, Frid MG, Hunter KS, Mazzaro L, Novelli EM, Stenmark KR, Gladwin MT, Ahmad F, Champion HC, Isenberg JS.Pulm Circ. 2013 Dec;3(4):936-51.

Thrombospondin-1 activation of signal-regulatory protein-α stimulates reactive oxygen species production and promotes renal ischemia reperfusion injury.
Yao M, Rogers NM, Csányi G, Rodriguez AI, Ross MA, St Croix C, Knupp H, Novelli EM, Thomson AW, Pagano PJ, Isenberg JS.J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Jun;25(6):1171-86. 

Nerve regeneration and elastin formation within poly(glycerol sebacate)-based synthetic arterial grafts one-year post-implantation in a rat model.
Allen RA, Wu W, Yao M, Dutta D, Duan X, Bachman TN, Champion HC, Stolz DB, Robertson AM, Kim K, Isenberg JS, Wang Y.Biomaterials. 2014 Jan;35(1):165-73. 

Thrombospondin-1 regulates blood flow via CD47 receptor-mediated activation of NADPH oxidase 1.
Csányi G, Yao M, Rodríguez AI, Al Ghouleh I, Sharifi-Sanjani M, Frazziano G, Huang X, Kelley EE, Isenberg JS, Pagano PJ.Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2012 Dec;32(12):2966-73. 

Activated CD47 regulates multiple vascular and stress responses: implications for acute kidney injury and its management.
Rogers NM, Yao M, Novelli EM, Thomson AW, Roberts DD, Isenberg JS.Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2012 Oct 15;303(8):F1117-25.  

The matricellular protein thrombospondin-1 globally regulates cardiovascular function and responses to stress via CD47.
Roberts DD, Miller TW, Rogers NM, Yao M, Isenberg JS. Matrix Biol. 2012 Apr;31(3):162-9. 

Activated CD47 promotes pulmonary arterial hypertension through targeting caveolin-1.
Bauer PM, Bauer EM, Rogers NM, Yao M, Feijoo-Cuaresma M, Pilewski JM, Champion HC, Zuckerbraun BS, Calzada MJ, Isenberg JS. Cardiovasc Res. 2012 Mar 15;93(4):682-93. 

Thrombospondin-1 inhibition of vascular smooth muscle cell responses occurs via modulation of both cAMP and cGMP.
Yao M, Roberts DD, Isenberg JS.Pharmacol Res. 2011 Jan;63(1):13-22.