Dr. Jiang is originally from China and received her B.S degree in Biological Sciences from Fudan University, China. She was awarded her Ph.D degree in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine where she focused on organ development, disease modeling and gene regulations.

She came to UTSW as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Graff in the Division of Endocrinology to study white adipose tissue development by examining embryonic specification and formation using lineage tracing and genetically engineered mouse models. Dr. Jiang’s primary research is to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling white and beige adipocyte fate determination and maintenance and whether these mechanisms can be explored to fight obesity and other metabolic disease.

In her spare time, Dr. Jiang enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking and going for short runs. In addition, she likes to spend her free time baking, reading and listening to a wide array of podcasts.

Research Interest

  • Adipose Stem Cell
  • Adipose Tissue Development
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Obesity, Aging, and Metabolic Diseases
  • Signaling Pathways


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

A PPAR? transcriptional cascade directs adipose progenitor cell-niche interaction and niche expansion.
Jiang Y, Berry DC, Jo A, Tang W, Arpke RW, Kyba M, Graff JM Nat Commun 2017 Jun 8 15926
Cellular Aging Contributes to Failure of Cold-Induced Beige Adipocyte Formation in Old Mice and Humans.
Berry DC, Jiang Y, Arpke RW, Close EL, Uchida A, Reading D, Berglund ED, Kyba M, Graff JM Cell Metab. 2016 Nov
Emerging Roles of Adipose Progenitor Cells in Tissue Development, Homeostasis, Expansion and Thermogenesis.
Berry DC, Jiang Y, Graff JM Trends Endocrinol. Metab. 2016 Jun
Mouse strains to study cold-inducible beige progenitors and beige adipocyte formation and function.
Berry DC, Jiang Y, Graff JM Nat Commun 2016 7 10184
Independent stem cell lineages regulate adipose organogenesis and adipose homeostasis.
Jiang Y, Berry DC, Tang W, Graff JM Cell Rep 2014 Nov 9 3 1007-22
optix functions as a link between the retinal determination network and the dpp pathway to control morphogenetic furrow progression in Drosophila.
Li Y, Jiang Y, Chen Y, Karandikar U, Hoffman K, Chattopadhyay A, Mardon G, Chen R Dev. Biol. 2013 Sep 381 1 50-61
Dynamic rewiring of the Drosophila retinal determination network switches its function from selector to differentiation.
Atkins M, Jiang Y, Sansores-Garcia L, Jusiak B, Halder G, Mardon G PLoS Genet. 2013 Aug 9 8 e1003731
SnapShot: adipocyte life cycle.
Jiang Y, Jo AY, Graff JM Cell 2012 Jul 150 1 234-234.e2
Sds22/PP1 links epithelial integrity and tumor suppression via regulation of myosin II and JNK signaling.
Jiang Y, Scott KL, Kwak SJ, Chen R, Mardon G Oncogene 2011 Jul 30 29 3248-60

Honors & Awards

  • Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium "Best in Show" Poster Award
    UT Southwestern (2017)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (2017)
  • American Heart Association (2012-2014)