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Yongqun “Oliver” He

Yongqun “Oliver” He

Associate Professor
University of Michigan Medical School


I am Oliver, Associate Professor in Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) and Department of Microbiology and Immunology. I am also an affiliated member of the Center for Computational Medicine and Biology (CCMB) and a member of the (Comprehensive Cancer Center) in the University of Michigan (UM) Medical School. Our laboratory research is focused on host-Brucella interaction and bioinformatics. I had my D.V.M. education at Jiangxi Agricultural University and my M.S. degree (Co-advisors: Professors Zhongzhi Zhang and Hanchun Yang) in Infectious Diseases and Veterinary Preventive Medicine at China Agricultural University in China. I obtained my professional assistant veterinarian license during my two-year employment at Beijing Xijiao Livestock and Poultry Company, Beijing, China. My training in Brucella research started in 1996 in Dr. Gerhardt Schurig’s immunology laboratory at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). I obtained my Ph.D. in Dr. Schurig's lab in 2000. I then worked in the same lab as a postdoc for half a year. I obtained my M.S. degree (research advisor: Dr. Pedro Mendes) in computer science in Virginia Tech with a focus on bioinformatics in May 2002. After graduation I worked as a senior research associate for three years in Dr. Bruno Sobral’s group at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI). I joined UM in July 2005 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in September 2011 (with tenure).

Research Interest

Yongqun Oliver research interest are Brucella pathogenesis, vaccine research and development and Bioinformatics.