Research Assistant Professor
Department of Orthodontics
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75246
Dr. Yan Jing is clinician scientist who is trained in both basic and clinical sciences directly linked to mandibular biology and orthodontics. Her main researches focus on the key roles of chondrocyte-derived bone cells in condylar development and remodeling. As a joined trained Ph.D. student and then postdoctoral fellow, she spent over three years in Dr. Jian Q. Feng’s lab (Dallas, TX) on learning in vivo gene knockout studies, cell lineage tracing, Laser capture, and different histological imaging techniques. Since then, Dr. Jing was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics in Texas A&M University College of Dentistry.
Dr. Jing's major contribution to the field is to demonstrate that direct transformation of chondrocytes into bone cells is a critical developmental event during condyle development, rather than the old concept of hypertrophic chondrocyte apoptosis followed by bone marrow cell invasion. Our recent publication entitled “Chondrocytes Directly Transform into Bone Cells in Mandible Condyle Growth” was selected as the cover of the year in JDR 2015 and William J. Gies Award for Biological Research in JDR 2017 (JDR, Journal of Dental Research, the best one in dentistry). In addition, Dr. Jing has published 16 manuscripts and has won several Young Investigator Awards (shown in the “Honors”) in the last six years.
Education and Post-Graduate Training
- Ph.D., Stomatology (Orthodontics), Sichuan University, 2014
- Joint Training, Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, 2014
- M.S., Stomatology (Orthodontics), Sichuan University, 2011
- DMD, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, 2008
- B.S., Stomatology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2008