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Yarui Diao

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
Cell Biology
349 Nanaline Duke Building, Durham, NC 27705


I lead a functional genomics lab and my lab’s research is mainly focused on two areas: 1) developing new functional genomics tools to study genome structure and function; 2) using skeletal muscle regeneration and muscle stem cell as our model system to study gene regulation of tissue regeneration in health and diseases conditions, such as injury, muscular dystrophy, aging, and rhabdomyosarcoma. My research has been supported by Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), V Foundation for Cancer Research, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Kahn program and Translating Duke Health, Glenn Foundation and American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), Elsa. U Pardee foundation, Cancer Moonshot℠ Research Initiatives and NIH.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology · 2018 - Present Cell Biology, Basic Science Departments
Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery · 2018 - Present Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Science Departments
Assistant Professor in Pathology · 2021 - Present Pathology, Clinical Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2018 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers
Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center · 2021 - Present Regeneration Next Initiative, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Hong Kong (China) · 2011 Ph.D.