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YAO, Meng
Title:
Investigator
Office Phone: 56451
Office Address: Jinguang Life Science Building,Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District,Beijing, P.R.China 100871
Lab Phone: 56451
Lab Address: Jinguang Life Science Building,Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District,Beijing, P.R.China 100871
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Resume
Education
2000 - 2007 , Ph.D., Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology , the University of Michigan, MI, USA
1996 - 2000 , M.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , Peking University
Professional Experience
2010 - present Principal Investigator , Peking University
2007 - 2009 , Postdoctoral Research Fellow , Molecular and Cellular Biology , the University of Michigan Medical School, MI, USA
Professional Society Affiliations
2017 - 2020 IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group-China
2016 - present American Society of Mammalogists
2014 - present Chinese Primate Specialist Group
2010 - present International Primatological Society
Grant Review/Study Section Membership
2016 - present, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Review Expert
Meeting Organizers and Session Chairs
* indicates presenter
After joining Peking University:
1. Wang W, Yao M* (2016) The impact of anthropogenic habitat fragmentation on population genetic structure of a critically endangered primate in China. The 26th Congress of the International Primatological Society, Chicago, IL, USA.
2. Invited Speaker (2016) Molecular population genetics of the white-headed langur: genetic diversity, population structure and the impact of habitat fragmentation. China Primatological Society 2016 Annual Meeting, Nujiang, Yunnan, China.
3. Invited Lecture (2016) Primate Social Behavior. Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
4. Invited Speaker (2015) The impact of human activity on population structure of endangered species. Jiangsu Intertidal Zone Development and Conservation of Biodiversity Meeting, Nanjing, China.
5. Invited Speaker (2015) Phylogenetic relationship and genetic diversity of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in Qinzhou. International Conference on Conservation of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin in the Beibu Gulf. Qinzhou, Guangxi, China.
6. Yao M* (2014) Social hierarchy among female white-headed langurs. Wild Animal Ecology and Conservation 10th Annual Meeting, Nanning, Guangxi, China.
7. Yao M* (2013) Parturition behavior of wild white-headed langurs: a comparison with other primates. Wild Animal Ecology and Conservation 9th Annual Meeting, Nanning, Guangxi, China.
8. Invited Speaker (2013) Behavioral ecology and conservation genetics of the white-headed langur. Ecology Forum of Peking University, Beijing, China.
9. Invited Speaker (2013) Species and individual identification using non-invasive fecal samples. Conference on Scientific Research at the Nature Reserve of Motian Mountains. Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
10. Invited Lecture (2013) Primate Social Behavior. Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
11. Invited Lecture (2013) Evolution and Genetic Diversity of Asian Colobines. Chongzuo Biodiversity Research Institute of Peking University. Chongzuo, Guangxi, China.
12. Invited Lecture (2013) Phylogenetic Relationship of Colobine Monkeys. Chongzuo Biodiversity Research Institute of Peking University. Chongzuo, Guangxi, China.
13. Yin L, Qin D, Yao M*, Pan W (2010) Conservation of the white-headed langur (Trachypithecus leucocephalus) in Chongzuo, Guangxi, China: Scientists, government, enterprises, and community. The 23rd Congress of the International Primatological Society, Kyoto, Japan.
Before joining Peking University:
14. Yao M*, Denver RJ (2006) Developmental and stressor-dependent regulation of corticotropin-releasing factor genes of the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. Society for Developmental Biology 65th Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
15. Yao M*, Roh H, Denver RJ (2005) Structural and functional analysis of corticotrophin-releasing factor genes in Xenopus laevis. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.
16. Yao M*, Westphal N, Denver RJ (2003) Acute stress-induced elevation of corticotropin-releasing hormone expression in Xenopus laevis. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
17. Yao M*, Westphal N, Denver RJ (2002) Acute stress-induced elevation of corticotropin-releasing hormone expression in Xenopus laevis. Society for Neuroscience 32nd Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA.

Research Interests
1. Population genetics of wild animals
Understanding the genetic diversity and population structure is essential for deciphering the evolutionary processes and population dynamics for wild animals. Information on patterns of gene flow within and among populations is also critical for understanding the mating structure and demographic parameters. Such data also have profound importance for assessing the impact of different ecological and anthropogenic factors on the genetic structure of the species, and identifying appropriate conservation strategies to preserve the genetic diversity and evolutionary potential of the populations. We use molecular genetic tools in combination with field survey to analyze the population genetic structure and infer demographic changes of a wide range of wild animals including primates, carnivores and amphibians, with the aim to provide critical information for species conservation.

2. Diet analysis of wild mesocarnivores
Food web relationships are a key component of ecological systems. Most forest ecosystems of China are characterized by diminishing large carnivore populations, and mesocarnivores may play increasingly important roles in food web dynamics. We use non-invasive sampling method and DNA barcoding technique to investigate the diet compositions and trophic relationships with regard to the mesocarnivores in forests of Sichuan. This study is necessary to understand the ecosystem function of mesocarnivores in the absence of large carnivores, and can provide valuable information for conservation and management of the predator and prey species.

3. Social behavior of the white-headed langur
The white-headed langur (Trachypithecus leucocephalus) is a highly endangered primate species endemic to Guangxi, China. Studies of this species not only provide important information for its conservation, but have revealed unique aspects of langur social life. The reproductive units are predominantly one-male multi-female groups, and the social organization is characterized by female philopatry and male dispersal. We have documented infanticide behavior by extragroup males during male take-overs, and paternal care of infants following male dispersal. We have also found frequent non-maternal infant handling among females, and midwife-like behavior during birth. Understanding the social structure, dominance style, and reproductive behaviors of this and other primates will shed lights on the origin and evolution of human social organization.
Representative Peer-Reviewed Publications
1. Wang W, Qiao Y, Yao M* Low genetic diversity and strong population structure shaped by anthropogenic habitat fragmentation in a critically endangered primate, Trachypithecus leucocephalus. Heredity, DOI:10.1038/hdy.2017.2. Published online: Feb 15, 2017
2. Wang W, Yao M* Fine-scale genetic structure analyses reveal dispersal patterns in a critically endangered primate, Trachypithecus leucocephalus. American Journal of Primatology, DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22635. Published online: Jan 18, 2017
3. Liu J, Wang W, Pan W, Yao M* Intragroup genetic relatedness in two all-male bands of white-headed langurs (Trachypithecus leucocephalus): implications for understanding social organization. In submission.
4. Xiong M, Wang D, Bu H, Shao X, Zhang D, Li S, Wang R, Yao M* Next-generation sequencing-based dietary analysis of two sympatric felids in the temperate mountain forests of Southwest China. Scientific Reports,7:41909. DOI: 10.1038/srep41909. Published online: Feb 14, 2017
5. Zhang D, Xiong M, Bu H, Wang D, Li S, Yao M, Wang R* (2016) Sex identification of the masked palm civet (Paguma larvata) using noninvasive hair samples. Conservation Genetics Resources, 8(3):207-209. DOI: 10.1007/s12686-016-0533-z.
6. Xiong M, Shao X, Long Y, Bu H, Zhang D, Wang D, Li S, Wang R, Yao M* (2016) Molecular analysis of vertebrates and plants in scats of leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) in southwest China. Journal of Mammalogy, 97(4):1054-1064. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyw061.
7. Bu H#, Hopkins III JB#*, Zhang D, Li S, Wang R, Yao M, Wang D* (2016) An evaluation of hair-snaring devices for small-bodied carnivores in Southwest China. Journal of Mammalogy, 97(2):589–598. DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyv205
8. Zheng Y, Wang L, Hong M, Yao M* (2016) Isolation and characterization of 20 microsatellite markers for the crab-eating frog Fejervarya cancrivora. Conservation Genetics Resources, 8(3):251-253. DOI: 10.1007/s12686-016-0546-7.
9. Wang W, Qiao Y, Zheng Y, Yao M* (2016) Isolation of microsatellite loci and reliable genotyping using noninvasive samples for a critically endangered primate, Trachypithecus leucocephalus. Integrative Zoology, 11:250-262. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12192.
10. Wang W, Qiao Y, Pan W, Yao M* (2015) Low genetic diversity and strong geographical structure of the critically endangered white-headed langur (Trachypithecus leucocephalus) inferred from mitochondrial DNA control region sequences. PLoS ONE 10:e0129782. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0129782.
11. Jin T, Wang D, Pan W, Yao M* (2015) Nonmaternal infant handling in wild white-headed langurs (Trachypithecus leucocephalus). International Journal of Primatology, 36:269-287. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-015-9823-7. Published Feb 17, 2015
12. Pan W, Gu T, Pan Y, Feng C, Long Y, Zhao Y, Meng H, Liang Z, Yao M* (2014) Birth intervention and non-maternal infant-handling during parturition in a nonhuman primate. Primates, 55: 483-488. DOI: 10.1007/s10329-014-0427-1.
13. Yao M*, Yin L, Zhang L, Liu L, Qin D, Pan W (2012) Parturition in wild white-headed langurs (Trachypithecus leucocephalus) in the Nongguan Hills, China. International Journal of Primatology, 33: 888-904. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-012-9625-0.
14. Yao M, Hu F, Denver RJ* (2008) Distribution and corticosteroid regulation of glucocorticoid receptor in the brain of Xenopus laevis. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 508: 967-982.
15. Yao M, Schulkin J, Denver RJ* (2008) Evolutionarily conserved glucocorticoid regulation of corticotropin-releasing factor expression. Endocrinology, 149: 2352-2360.
16. Yao M and Denver RJ* (2007) Regulation of vertebrate corticotropin-releasing factor genes. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 153: 200-216.
17. Yao M, Stezel-Poore M, Denver RJ* (2007) Structural and functional conservation of vertebrate corticotropin-releasing factor genes: Evidence for a critical role for a conserved cyclic AMP response element. Endocrinology, 148: 2518-2531.
18. Yao M and Denver RJ* (2006) Developmental and stressor-dependent regulation of corticotropin-releasing factor genes of the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. Developmental Biology, 295: 372-372, Meeting Abstract.
19. Yao M, Westphal N, Denver RJ* (2004) Neuroanatomical distribution and stressor-induced activation of central corticotropin-releasing factor neurons in Xenopus laevis. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 16: 880-893.
20. Yao M, Roh H, Denver RJ* (2004) Structural and functional analysis of corticotropin-releasing factor genes in Xenopus laevis. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 44: 763-763, Meeting Abstract.
21. Yao M, Westphal N, Denver RJ* (2002) Acute stress-induced elevation of corticotropin-releasing hormone expression in Xenopus laevis. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42: 1341-1341, Meeting Abstract.
Teaching
Population Genetics , Instructor , Peking University , Spring Term 2013, Spring Term 2015, Spring Term 2016
Genetic Discussion , Instructor , Peking University , Spring Term 2013, Spring Term 2014, Spring Term 2015, Spring Term 2016
Evolutionary Biology,Instructor,Peking University , Fall Term 2016
Genetics , Graduate Student Instructor , the University of Michigan , 2007 Spring
Microbiology Lab , Graduate Student Instructor , the University of Michigan , 2006 Fall
Animal Physiology Lab , Graduate Student Instructor , the University of Michigan , 2003 Winter
Molecular Biology , Graduate Student Instructor , the University of Michigan , 2002 Winter
Genetics Lab , Graduate Student Instructor , the University of Michigan , 2001 Winter, 2004 Winter
Cell Biology , Graduate Student Instructor , the University of Michigan , 2001 Fall
Introductory Biology , Graduate Student Instructor , the University of Michigan , 2000 Fall
Laboratory Introduction