- Ph.D. University of Iowa 1988
- M.D. Beijing Medical University 1983
Dr. Yung Chang is an immunologist who studies the development and function of the immune system. She and her research team investigate the genetic recombination process that is crucial to the establishment of adaptive immunity the immune response the body makes to specific invaders. They also investigate how alterations of this genetic process can lead to immunodeficiencies and cancers of lymphoid cells.
In addition, Dr. Chang and her collaborators have developed a new methodology to modulate immune responses. Specifically, they use DNA nanostructure to design and construct more useful vaccines and immunotherapeutic agents. They also investigate other nanomaterials, focusing on the environmental impact of these synthetics and their adverse effect on aquatic organisms.