Professor, East Tennessee State University, USA
Zhi Qiang Yao is Professor of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He also directs the Hepatitis Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tennessee. Dr. Yao served on the faculty at the University of Virginias School of Medicine and was a Senior Fellow at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree and his Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases from his native China. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1998, he was Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Tangdu Hospital in Xian, China. He also was a visiting scholar in the Department of Hepatology at the Katholike University of Leuven in Belgium. Dr. Yao's research interests are in infectious diseases in general, and hepatitis C in particular. He currently serves as principal investigator of an NIH-funded study designed to further understand how certain genetic factors factor into virologic responses during medical treatment for the virus. His goal is to develop new antiviral agents that can better treat the disease. Dr. Yao was recognized for his work in 2012 when he was awarded both the Quillen College of Medicine Deans Distinguished Research Award in Clinical Science and East Tennessee State University's Distinguished Faculty Award for Research.