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 70 peer-reviewed publications and has reviewed numerous manuscripts for over 60 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)
Veterinary Parasitology, University of Georgia (PhD)
Leishmania spp. and leishmaniasis
Parasites and parasitic diseases of medical/veterinary importance
Zoonosis and One Health
Outstanding Service as an Online Mentor, American Society for Microbiology Minority Mentoring Program 2011
MRP, Veterans’ Affairs, October 2006-September 2009
MREP, Veterans’ Affairs, April 2002-March 2005
Training Grants in Infectious Diseases & Parasitology, NIH, July 1999-March 2002
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 https://bmcvetres.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/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
Yang Y, Li M, Pan C, Yang Y, Chen X, Yao C and Du A. 2018. A duplex PCR for the simultaneous detection of Fasciola hepatica and Clonorchis sinensis, Veterinary Parasitology 259:1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2018.06.019 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304401718302590
Marshall S, Kelly PH, Singh BK, Pope RM, Kim P, Zhanbolat S, Wilson ME and Yao C. 2018. Extracellular release of virulence factor major surface protease via exosomes in Leishmania infantum promastigotes. Parasites & Vectors 11:355. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-018-2937-y https://rdcu.be/0wtC
Yao C and Ketzis J. 2018. Aberrant and accidental trichomoniasis, rare or underdiagnosed? Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 112: 64-72. DOI: 10.1093/trstmh/try027. https://academic.oup.com/trstmh/advance-article/doi/10.1093/trstmh/try027/4955882?guestAccessKey=e2d3b669-7a08-41ec-88ed-44fb8a9a38fc
Luo J, Sun H, Zhao X, Wang S, Zhou X, Yang Y, Chen X, Yao C and Du A 2018. Development of an immunochromatographic test based on monoclonal antibodies against surface antigen 3 (TgSAG3) for rapid detection of Toxoplasma gondii. Veterinary Parasitology 252: 52-57. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2018.01.015 https://ac.els-cdn.com/S0304401718300220/1-s2.0-S0304401718300220-main.pdf?_tid=a057ca7a-1587-11e8-9cef-00000aacb35d&acdnat=1519053469_baf07599d704898022e7b0cd95ada173
Cheng T, Halper B, Siebert J, Cruz-Martinez L, Chapwanya A, Kelly P, Ketzis J, Vessell J, Koster L and Yao C. 2018. Parasites of small Indian mongoose, Herpestes auropunctatus, on St. Kitts, West Indies. Parasitology Research 117:989-994. DOI: 10.1007/s00436-018-5773-2 http://rdcu.be/FV6w
Yao C, Walkush J, Shim D, Zuniga-Brenes K and Ketzis J. 2018. Molecular species identification of Trichuris trichiura in African green monkey in St. Kitts, West Indies. Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports 11: 22-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.vprsr.2017.11.004 http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S2405939016302854; Sequence access
Wang J, Li T, Liu G, Zhu X, Yao C. 2017. Two tales of Cytauxzoon felis infections in domestic cats. Clinical Microbiology Reviews. 30: 861-885 DOI: 10.1128/CMR.00010-17 http://cmr.asm.org/content/current
Sun H, Wang S, Zhao X, Yao C, Zhang H, Huang Y, Chen X, Yang Y, Du A. 2017. Targeted overexpression of cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinase Subunit in Toxoplasma gondii promotes replication and virulence in host cells. Veterinary Parasitology. 243: 248-255 DOI 10.1016/j.vetpar.2017.06.002 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304401717302583
Sun H, Zhou X, Zhao X, Yang Y, Chen X, Yao C, Du A. 2017. The heat shock protein 90 of Toxoplasma gondii is essential for invasion of host cell and tachyzoite growth. Parasite. 24: 22 DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2017023 https://www.parasite-journal.org/articles/parasite/pdf/2017/01/parasite170030.pdf
Yao C, Wilson ME. 2016. Dynamics of sterol synthesis during development of Leishmania spp. parasites to their virulent form. Parasites & Vectors 9:200. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-016-1470-0 http://www.parasitesandvectors.com/content/9/1/200
Yao C, Köster LS. 2015 Tritrichomonas foetus infection, a cause of chronic diarrhea in the domestic cat. BMC Veterinary Research 46: 35 DOI: 10.1186/s13567-015-0169-0 http://www.veterinaryresearch.org/content/46/1/35
Jin Y, Schumaker B, Logan J and Yao C. 2014. Risk factors associated with bovine trichomoniasis in beef cattle determined by a questionnaire. Journal of Medical Microbiology 63: 896-902. http://jmm.sgmjournals.org/content/journal/jmm/10.1099/jmm.0.074971-0#tab2
First whole genome draft of Trichomonas tenax.
The effects of anthelminthic treatment on GI microbiome.
Parasitic diseases of the skeletal muscles, myocardium and lungs of the small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus).
Tritrichomonas foetus infection in the domestic cats in St. Kitts.