Yang Cao, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology

Additional Titles

  • Associate Medical Director, Cytogenetics & Molecular Pathology Laboratory
  • Program Director, Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship


  • PhD, Genetics: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (2014)
  • Fellow, ABMGG Clinical Cytogenetics and Genomics: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2016)
  • Fellow, ABMGG Clinical Molecular Genetics and Genomics: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2017)

Board Certifications

  • ABMGG Clinical Cytogenetics and Genomics
  • ABMGG Clinical Molecular Genetics and Genomics


  • ClinGen Dosage Sensitivity Curation Task Team member, 2016-present
  • The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Inspection Training certification, 2014-present

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical Cytogenetics
  • Clinical Molecular Genetics


Cao Y, AlHumaidi S, Faqeih E, Lundquist P, Aypar U. A Novel Deletion of SNURF/SNRPN Exon 1 in a Patient with Prader-Willi-like Phenotype. European Journal of Medical Genetics, May 30 2017
Cao Y, Mitchell E, Gorski J, Hollinger C, Hoppman N. Two Cases with De Novo 3q26.31 Microdeletion Suggest a Role for FNDC3B in Human Craniofacial Development. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Aug 19, 2016
Cao Y, Aypar U. A novel Xq22.1 deletion in a male with multiple congenital abnormalities and respiratory failure. European Journal of Medical Genetics, May 31, 2016
Cao Y, Hoppman N, Kerr S, Sattler C, Borowski K, Wick M, Highsmith W, Aypar U. False Negative Cell-Free DNA Screening Result in a Newborn with Trisomy 13. Case Reports in Genetics, Feb 22, 2016
Kounatidis I, Chtarbanova S, Cao Y, Hayne M, Jayanth D, Ganetzky B, Ligoxygakis P. NF-κB Immunity in the Brain Determines Fly Lifespan in Healthy Aging and Age-Related Neurodegeneration. Cell Report. Apr 25 2017
Cao Y*, Chtarbanova S*, Petersen AJ, Ganetzky B. Dnr1 mutations cause neurodegeneration in Drosophila by activating the innate immune response in the brain.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, April 23 2013;(*equally contributed) (Selected by Faculty1000Prime as a “must read”)

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Office Location: Cortex, Room 207