Yifei Wang

Yifei earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the UCLA in 2019. She is a PhD student in Dr. Fan Yuan's lab.

Research Interests

Understanding mechanisms of vesicular escape of molecular cargo delivered into cells for development of new strategies to improve non-viral cargo delivery in cell engineering and DNA vaccination.


Lorena Saelices, Binh A. Nguyen, Kevin Chung, Yifei Wang, Alfredo Ortega, Ji H. Lee, Teresa Coelho, Johan Bijzet, Merrill D. Benson, David S. Eisenberg. A pair of peptides inhibits seeding of the hormone transporter transthyretin into amyloid fibrils (J Biol Chem, 2019 Apr 12;294(15):6130-6141)

Yuhang Jiang, Qiao Lu, Yongheng Wang, Emily Xu, Alison Ho, Priya Singh, Yifei Wang, Gregory T. Tietjen, Peter Cresswell and W. Mark Saltzman. Quantitative analysis of endosomal escape using a library of polymers for mRNA delivery (Nano Letters, 2020, 20, 2, 1117–1123) 

Honors & Awards:

Lew’s (NIH T32) Predoctoral Fellowship (2022)

Student Research Fellowship, BME MS Program, Duke University (2020-2021)

Merit-based Scholarship, BME MS Program, Duke University (2019-2020)

BS with Departmental Honors awarded, UCLA (2019)

Magna Cum Laude, UCLA (2019)

UCLA Dean’s Honors List (2015-2019)

Conference Abstracts & Presentations:

Yifei Wang, Chun-Chi Chang, Fan Yuan. Quantitative Analysis of Naked DNA Delivered into Nucleus of Mammalian Cells by Electrotransfection. (BMES 2022 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Oct.12-15, 2022)

Yuhang Jiang, Qiao Lu, Yongheng Wang, Tushar Agarwal, Alison Ho, Emily Xu, Priya Singh, Yifei Wang, Zhaozhong Jiang, Peter Cresswell, Mark Saltzman. Polymers for Transfection of mRNA: Polymer End Groups Dramatically Affect Efficiency and Biodistribution (ASGCT 22nd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Apr.29- May.2, 2019)