Yi-Tao Yu, Ph.D.

Yi-Tao Yu, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 712
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-1271
Fax: (585) 275-6007

Research Bio

Our long-range goal is to elucidate the underlying biological principles and functional roles of posttranscriptional RNA modifications. Currently, we are particularly interested in 2'-O-methylation and pseudouridylation in three different types of RNA, including the spliceosomal snRNA involved in pre-mRNA splicing, the telomerase RNA required for telomere length maintenance, and the messenger RNA that encodes a chemical "blueprint" for the production of a protein.

Our recent research has demonstrated that all these three types of RNA can be modified in vivo, either naturally or artificially through the RNA-guided RNA modification mechanisms. Importantly, our experimental data indicate that the posttranscriptional nucleotide modifications contribute significantly to RNA functions. We are currently carrying out three projects, aiming to address some of the fundamental questions regarding RNA modifications.


Targeted Pre-mRNA/mRNA Modification and Gene Regulation

United States Serial NO.: 11/606,995
Filed Date: December 1, 2006
Title: Nonsense Suppression and Genetic Codon Alteration by Targeted Modification
Invented by: Yi-Tao Yu, Xinliang Zhao
Targeted Pre-mRNA/mRNA Modification and Gene Regulation

United States Serial NO.: 14/056,309
Filed Date: October 17, 2013
Title: Targeted Pre-mRNA/mRNA Modification and Gene Silencing
Invented by: Yi-Tao Yu, Xinliang Zhao
RNA Modification to Modulate Telomerase Activity

United States Serial NO.: 13/809,975
Filed Date: July 5, 2011
Title: Targeted 2'-O-Methylation of Telomerase Non-Coding RNA
Invented by: Yi-Tao Yu, Chao Huang

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 Oct
Karijolich J, Yi C, Yu YT. "Transcriptome-wide dynamics of RNA pseudouridylation." Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology. 2015 Oct; 16(10):581-5. Epub 2015 Aug 19.
2015 Apr
Karijolich J, Yu YT. "The new era of RNA modification." RNA. 2015 Apr; 21(4):659-60.
Wu G, Huang C, Yu YT. "Pseudouridine in mRNA: Incorporation, Detection, and Recoding." Methods in enzymology. 2015 560:187-217. Epub 2015 Apr 27.
2014 Nov 26
Adachi H, Yu YT. "Insight into the mechanisms and functions of spliceosomal snRNA pseudouridylation." World journal of biological chemistry. 2014 Nov 26; 5(4):398-408.
2014 Aug
Karijolich J, Yu YT. "Therapeutic suppression of premature termination codons: mechanisms and clinical considerations (review)." International journal of molecular medicine. 2014 Aug; 34(2):355-62. Epub 2014 Jun 17.

Current Appointments

Dean's Professorship - Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (SMD)
Professor - Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Molecular Biology | Case Western Reserve University1994
MS | Neurobiology | Shanghai Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences1988
BS | Chemistry | Fudan University1982