Ming Yang



Ming Yang received a B.S. degree from Hubei University in 2008. He then joined Prof. Yong-Qiang Tu’s group at Lanzhou University as a graduate student and performed research in the synthesis of natural products. He got his Ph.D. degree in 2013. He then worked with Prof. Ang Li as a postdoctoral associate at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), CAS in 2013. After that, he went to The University of Chicago and joined Prof. Scott A. Snyder’s group as a postdoctoral associate in 2015. He started his independent career as a professor at Lanzhou University in 2019. His current research interests include the synthesis of complex natural products, synthetic methodologies and medicinal chemistry.

Representative Publications

1. Ming Yang, Fangjie Yin, Haruka Fujino, Scott A. Snyder* The Total Synthesis of Chalcitrin. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 11, 4515-4520.

2. Ming Yang, Xiaowen Yang, Hongbin Sun, Ang Li* Total Synthesis of Ileabethoxazole, Pseudopteroxazole, and seco-Pseudopteroxazole, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 2851. (Very Important Papers in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.; featured in Synfacts 2016, 12, 329; selected by editors as “Synfact of the Month”).

3. Ming Yang, Jian Li, Ang Li* Total Synthesis of Clostrubin. Nat. Commun. 6:6445 doi: 10.1038/ncomms7445 (2015).

4. Zhaohong Lu, Ming Yang, Pengxi Chen, Xiaochun Xiong, Ang Li* Total Synthesis of Hapalindole‒Type Natural Products. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 13840. (Z.L. and M.Y. contributed equally; featured in Synfacts 2015, 11, 1; selected by editors as “Synfact of the Month”).

5. Ming Yang, Lin Wang, Zheng-He He, Shao-Hua Wang, Shu-Yu Zhang, Yong-Qiang Tu,* Fu-Min Zhang* Tandem Semipinacol-Type 1,2-Carbon Migration/Aldol Reaction toward the Construction of All-Carbon Tricyclic Core of Calyciphylline A‒Type Alkaloids. Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 5114.

6. Ming Yang, Yu-Ming Zhao, Shu-Yu Zhang, Yong-Qiang Tu,* Fu-Min Zhang* Chiral Brøsted Acid-Promoted Enantioselective Desymmetrization in an Intramolecular Schmidt Reaction of Symmetric Azido 1,3-Hexanediones: Asymmetric Synthesis of Azaquaternary Pyrroloazepine Skeletons. Chem. Asian J. 2011, 6, 1344. 


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2004-2008,B. S. in Chemistry Hubei University

2008-2013,Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry Lanzhou University

2013-2015,Postdoctoral Associate Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2015-2018,Postdoctoral Associate The University of Chicago