Chaoqun Yao, BMed, PHD
Dr. Chaoqun Yao received BMed and PhD degrees from Huazhong University of Science & Technology and the University of Georgia, respectively. His postdoctoral training was at Washington State University and the University of Iowa. He held dual appointments as a non-tenure track faculty at the University of Iowa and Research Health Science Specialist at Iowa City VA Medical Center. Afterwards, he was a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Wyoming with a concomitant appointment of adjunct professor at the University of Washington. He was also the parasitology section head of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory at the same time. He joined Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as an associate professor and now is a full professor.
Dr. Yao’s research interests are molecular pathogenesis and diagnosis, and host-parasite interaction of parasites of medical/veterinary importance and One Health. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has reviewed numerous manuscripts for over 70 different scientific journals as an associated editor, an editorial board member, or an ad hoc reviewer. He has organized seven symposia for international meetings including the 14th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA 2018).
Medicine, Huazhong University of Science & Technology (BMed & MMed)
Veterinary Parasitology, University of Georgia (PhD)
Leishmania spp. and leishmaniasis
Parasites and parasitic diseases of medical/veterinary importance
Zoonosis and One Health
Yang Y, Lin M, Chen X, Zhao X, Chen L, Zhao M, Yao C, Sheng K, Yang Y, Ma D and Du A. 2022. The first apicoplast tRNA thiouridylase plays a vital role in growth and virulence of Toxoplasma gondii. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 12:947039. DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2022.947039 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcimb.2022.947039/full?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Yang Y, Huang Y, Zhao X, Lin M, Chen L, Zhao M, Chen X, Yang Y, Ma G, Yao C, Huang S, Du A. 2022. Development of an Immunochromatographic Test Based on Rhoptry Protein 14 for Serological Detection of Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Swine. Animals 15: 1529. DOI: 10.3390/ani12151929. https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/12/15/1929/htm
Zhang Y, Fu YT, Yao C, Deng YP, Nie Y, Liu GH. 2022. Mitochondrial phylogenomics provides insights into the taxonomy and phylogeny of fleas. Parasite & Vectors 15:223. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-022-05334-3
Yang N+, Christie J, Keen HL, Matthew MA+, Yao C*. 2022. Draft genome sequence of Trichomonas tenax strain Hs-4:NIH. Microbiology Resource Announcements DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.00157-22
Fu Y, Yao C*, Deng Y, Elsheikha HM, Shao R, Zhu X*, Liu G*. 2022. Human pediculosis：A worldwide public health burden. Infectious Diseases of Poverty 11, 58. DOI: 10.1186/s40249-022-00986-w https://idpjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40249-022-00986-w
Matthew MA+, Christie J, Yang N+, Yao C*. 2022. A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay specific to Trichomonas tenax is suitable for use at point-of-care. Microorganisms 10, 594. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms10030594 https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2607/10/3/594
Shi H, Huang X, Chen X, Yang Y, Wu F, Yao C, Ma G, Du A. 2021. Haemonchus contortus transthyretin-like protein TTR-31 plays roles in post-embryonic larval development and potentially apoptosis of germ cells. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, section Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 03 November 2021 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fcell.2021.753667
Yao C. 2021. Control and eradication of bovine trichomonosis in Wyoming, USA by testing and culling positive bulls. Veterinary Research 52, 129. DOI: 10.1186/s13567-021-00996-w https://doi.org/10.1186/s13567-021-00996-w.
Shi H, Huang X, Chen X, Yang Y, Wang Z, Yang Y, Wu F, Zhou J, Yao C, Ma G, and Du A. 2021. Acyl-CoA oxidase ACOX1 interacts with a peroxin PEX5 to play roles in larval development of Haemonchus contortus. PLoS Pathogens. 2021 Jul 16;17(7):e1009767. DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009767 https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1009767
Wu F, Zhang H, Zhou J, Wu J, Tong D, Chen X, Huang Y, Shi H, Yang Y, Ma G, Yao C, Du A. 2021. The trypsin inhibitor-like domain is required for a serine protease inhibitor of Haemonchus contortus to inhibit host coagulation. International Journal for Parasitology. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2021.05.002. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002075192100196X?via%3Dihub
Fang K, Philpot, Chi X, Ketzis J, Du A and Yao C. 2021. Small Indian mongooses (Herpestes auropunctatus) serve as reservoirs of Bartonella henselae and Rickettsia felis vectored by Ctenocephalides felis. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 21:422-431. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2020.2733 https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/vbz.2020.2733
Yang Y, Christie J, Koster L, Du A and Yao C. 2021. Emerging Human Babesiosis with “Ground Zero” in North America. Microorganisms 9, 440. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9020440 https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2607/9/2/440/htm
Chi X, Fang K, Koster L, Christie J, and Yao C. 2021. Prevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus and Toxoplasma gondii in feral cats on St. Kitts, West Indies. Veterinary Sciences 8, 16. DOI: 10.3390/vetsci8020016 https://www.mdpi.com/2306-7381/8/2/16
Liu G, Sun M, Elsheikhac HM, Fu Y, Sugiyama H, Ando K, Sohn W, Zhu X*, Yao C*. 2020. Human gnathostomiasis: a neglected food-borne zoonosis. Parasites & Vectors 13, 616. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04494-4 https://rdcu.be/cbWLc
Zhuang H, Yao C, Zhao X, Chen X, Yang Y, Huang S, Pan L, Du A, Yang Y. 2020. DNA double strand breaks in the Toxoplasma gondii-infected cells by the action of reactive oxygen species. Parasites Vectors 13, 490. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04324-7 https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13071-020-04324-7
Shi H, Li M, Huang X, Yao C, Chen X, Du A, Yang Y. 2020. Development of SYBR Green real-time PCR for diagnosis of fasciolosis in sheep. Veterinary Parasitology. 283: DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2020.109193 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304401720301734?dgcid=coauthor
Yang Y, Zhang G, Wu J, Chen X; Tong D, Yang Y, Shi H, Yao C, Zhuang L, Wang J, and Du A. 2020. Recombinant HcGAPDH protein expressed on probiotic Bacillus subtilis spores protects sheep from Haemonchus contortus infection by inducing both humoral and cell-mediated responses. mSystems 5:e00239-20. DOI: 10.1128/mSystems.00239-20 https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00239-20.
Zhou J, Bu D, Zhao X, Wu F, Chen X, Shi H, Yao C, Du A, and Yang Y. 2020. Hc-hrg-2, a glutathione transferase gene, regulates heme homeostasis in the blood-feeding parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. Parasites Vectors 13: 40. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-3911-z https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-020-3911-z
Jin Y, Du A, and Yao C. 2020. Clinical bovine isolates of Tritrichomonas foetus in Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana, USA. BMC Veterinary Research 16:12 DOI: 10.1186/s12917-020-2229-6 Sequence access
Yao C. 2020. Leishmania spp. and leishmaniasis on the Caribbean islands. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 114:73-78. DOI:10.1093/trstmh/trz076. https://academic.oup.com/trstmh/advance-article/doi/10.1093/trstmh/trz076/5586878?guestAccessKey=c114d77b-8e22-48b4-85fe-c2203663bd06