University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Hongying Peng, MD, PhD

Dr. Peng received both her M.D. (in 2006) and Ph.D. (in 2011) from Chongqing Medical University. After completing a medical internship at Beijing Royal Integrative Medicine Hospital, she worked as a resident physician at the Reproductive Medicine Center, the Third Peking University Hospital.  She enjoys playing badminton and reading. 

Undergraduate Student 

Wei Yan, MD, PhD

University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor 

​Dr. Yan received his MD from China Medical University in 1990, and PhD from University of Turku, Finland in 2000.  After his post-doc training at Baylor College of Medicine, he started his own lab at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2004.  Dr. Yan received numerous awards, including the 2009 Young Investigator Award of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), the 2012 Young Andrologist Award of the American Society of Andrology (ASA) and the 2013 Nevada Healthcare Hero Award for Research and Technology. Dr. Yan was named the UNR Foundation Professor in 2016.  He likes hiking, swimming, and photography. 

Chong Tang, PhD

Dr. Tang obtained his B.Sc. from Beijing Normal University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Nevada, Reno.  He is a molecular biologist and a bioinformatician.  His hobbies include swimming, cooking and traveling. 

Hayden McSwiggin

Hayden received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently a graduate student pursuing a career in medicine. 


Kyle (Zhuqing) Wang BS, MSc

Kyle obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science at Shanxi Normal University. He then earned his Master of Science degree in Animal Science at China Agricultural University. He is a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) program.  His hobbies include playing Ping Pong, basketball, and billiards. He enjoys listening to music.

Post-doctoral Researcher 

Zongliang Zhang

Zongliang obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Fudan University, Shanghai, China (Majored in Biochemistry, a 5-years system). He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Now he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate Program. 


Research Assistant Professor

Sandy Lee

Sandy is an undergraduate student currently in the BS/MS Biotechnology program. She enjoys listening to music as well as playing in a symphonic orchestra and band.


Tian Yu BS

Tian majored in Biochemistry and minored in Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with cum laude in 2014.  She is a PhD candidate in Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program.  She likes binge watching K-drama, taking long walks on the beach, and adopting kittens.


PhD Student  

Yue Wang BS

Yue obtained her Bachelor degree of Pharmacy in Fujian Medical University.  Shen then worked as a technician in the National Institute of Biological Science in Beijing for five years.  She is a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program.  She enjoys dancing, jogging and painting.

Rachel Klukovich  BS, MSc

Rachel is a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. program. She earned both her B.S. and M. Sc. degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She enjoys hiking, jewelry making and reading. 

Kathleen Schegg, PhD

Dr. Schegg received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at University of Nevada, Reno. She is an expert on protein chemistry and enzymology.  She worked in the Nevada Proteomics Center to conduct proteomic analyses before joining the Yan lab.  Dr. Schegg is working on a project aiming to develop the first ever oral male contraceptive drug, called SD-1. She likes hiking and traveling. 

Principle Investigator 

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine