Na Yang, MD, PhD

Visiting fellow, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public HealthNa Yang
MD, PhD, Institute of Reproductive & Child Health

Institute of Reproductive & Child Health
Ministry of Health Key Laboratory of Reproductive Health
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Peking University


Research Interests
My research interests are in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. My work has been focused on exploring the effects of environmental and autoimmune factors on adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially birth defects. I have been involved in a large cohort study to explore the risk factors of female infertility in Shanxi Province, China and several case-control studies to explore the association between environmental exposure such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) and neural tube defects. Now I am working on a project titled “Folate receptor autoantibody and the risk of neural tube defects.” It is a case-control study trying to explore the autoimmune factors behind NTDs, thus elucidate the mechanisms by which folic acid supplement can prevent NTDs.


  1. Yang N, Levey E, Gelaye B, Zhong QY, Rondon MB, Sanchez SE, Williams MA. Correlates of early pregnancy serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor in a Peruvian population. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2017 Jul 27. PubMed PMID: 28752260.
  2. Na Yang, Linlin Wang, Zhixia Li, et al. Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy in relation to neonatal vitamin D and calcium concentrations: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition research, 2015; 35(7):547-556.
  3. Na Yang, Linlin Wang, Yue Yuan, et al. Establishment and evaluation of enzyme-linked immunosorbentassay for measuring human autoantibody IgM to folate receptor. Journal of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 2014;36(4):410-414.
  4. Linlin Wang, Na Yang, Yue Yuan, et al.Establishment and evaluation of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for measuring human autoantibody IgG to folate receptor. Journal of Peking University (Health Sciences), 2014;46(3):212-216.