Professor Bin Yang

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  • Honorary Professor of Renal Research, College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester
  • Senior Research Scientist, University Hospitals of Leicester, NHS Trust
  • Telephone: +44 (0)116 2231046 (Office LG75)
  • Mobile: +44 (0)7378171739
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  • WeChat: yangbinuk
  • Address: Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building/Hodgkin Building, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK



  • January 2002: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medicine, University of Sheffield, UK
  • July 1989:  Doctor of Medicine (MD), Nantong University, China
  • July 1986: Bachelor of Medicine (MBChB), Nantong University, China



  • MSc students: giving lectures, supervising research projects and marking dissertations
  • PhD students: supervising research projects
  • MD students: supervising research projects



Research Interests: The mechanism, diagnosis and intervention of acute and chronic renal injury including both native and transplanted kidneys, with focuses and expertise on cell injury (apoptosis and necrosis, inflammation, and innate and adaptive immunity) and repair (remodelling and fibrosis), detailed as follows:

  • Isolated organ perfusion system: Validated and further evaluated the effects of different kidney preservations/interventions including erythropoietin (EPO) and caspase-3 siRNA.
  • Gene profiling: defined and validated potential biomarkers such as SERPINA3, SLP1 and FTCD in human transplanted renal biopsy, cultured cell and animal kidney samples.
  • Specific gene therapy: Performed a series of investigations using synthetic caspase-3 siRNA in cultured cells, isolated kidneys and auto-transplantation porcine models.
  • Renoprotection of EPO & its derivatives: Assessed the effects and underlying mechanisms of helix B surface peptide (HBSP) and cyclic HBSP (CHBP) in kidney injury models.


Awards and Nominations

2016-18: Jiangsu Distinguished Medical Expert, China


External Roles

Editorial Board and Reviewer Experience

  1. Associate Editor: in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology (IF 6.684), 2021-
  2. Guest Associate Editor: in Molecular Innate Immunity,  Research topic “Innate Immunity in Kidney Injury, Repair and Fibrosis” in Frontiers in Immunology (IF 7.561), 2020-2021
  3. Guest Associate Editor: in Nephrology, Immune Regulation in Kidney Diseases: Importance, Mechanism and Translation, in Frontiers in Medicine (IF 5.091), 2021
  4. Guest Associate Editor: Special Issue "The Immune Microenvironment in Kidney Diseases" in Journal of Immunology Research (IF 4.818), 2020-2021


Periodic Reviewer and External Examiner Experience

  • Invited speaker: for over 30 national and international conferences.
  • Journal referee: for more than 100 manuscripts over 20 different journals including Molecular Therapy, Transplantation, Cell Transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, Journal of American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, Journal of Pathology, Molecular Medicine and British Journal of Pharmacology
  • Grant referee: for more than 70 applications to different funding bodies including Medical Research Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).


International collaborations

  • Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, and Nantong University: as a Distinguished Medical Expert and Professor obtained joint grants from NSFC, co supervised MD and PhD students including those enrolled in the Split-site Joint Scheme between Leicester and Nantong universities; organized English Training and Clinical Observation Programs in Leicester for Nantong academic staff and students, and facilitated to establish the Leicester-Nantong Sister Renal Centre, supported by the International Society of Nephrology.
  • Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University: as a Visiting Professor obtained joint grants from Department for Business Innovation & Skills in UK, and Fudan University; co supervised PhD students; helped to establish the Leicester-Zhongshan Sister Transplant Centre, supported by The Transplantation Society; and published research papers with joint names.


Research Supervision

PhD supervision interests:

  • Disease models: Defining the mechanisms of ischemia reperfusion injury and/or sepsis-induced AKI using culture cells and animal models focusing on apoptosis, inflammation and phagocytosis associated with properdin and EPOR or EPOR/β common receptor (βcR).
  • Biomarkers: Exploring the gene profile in transplant renal biopsy, blood and urine samples of AKI patients as well as cell and animal samples, selecting and validating potential biomarkers for diagnosis and intervention.
  • Interventions: Designing and evaluating siRNA delivery system to achieve timely and cell-specific intervention by HBSP (ligand of EPOR/βcR) conjugation and guiding by highly expressed EPOR/βcR in injured kidney cells.





Key Publications

(*: corresponding authors)

Published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, as senior or first author on most of these publications, and has near 1,500 citations (

  1. Zhang Y, Wu Y, Wang W, Liu F, Zhang Y, Yang C, Liu A, Wu J, Zhu T, Nicholson ML, Fan Y and Yang B*. Long-Term Protection of CHBP Against Combinational Renal Injury Induced by Both Ischemia–Reperfusion and Cyclosporine A in Mice. Front. Immunol. 2021; 12:697751. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.697751
  2. Yang B*, Sylvius N, Luo J, Yang C, Da Z, Crotty C, Nicholson ML. Identifying Biomarkers from Transcriptomic Signatures in Renal Allograft Biopsies Using Deceased and Living Donors. Front Immunol. 2021 Jul 1;12:657860. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.657860. eCollection 2021.
  3. Wu Y, Chen W, Zhang Y, Liu A, Yang C, Wang H, Zhu T, Fan Y, Yang B*. Potent Therapy and Transcriptional Profile of Combined Erythropoietin-Derived Peptide Cyclic Helix B Surface Peptide and Caspase-3 siRNA against Kidney Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Mice. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2020;375(1):92-103. doi: 10.1124/jpet.120.000092.
  4. Liu Y, Wu Y, Zhang Y, Wang W, Brunskill N, Yang B*. Potential biomarker / drug deliver guider erythropoietin receptors / beta common receptor in kidneys and other organs post renal ischemia / reperfusion injury. Transplantation 2020 September,104 (S3):S171. doi: 10.1097/
  5. Zwaini Z, Patel M, Stover C, Dormer J, Nicholson ML, Hosgood SA, Yang B*. Comparative Analysis of Risk Factors in Declined Kidneys from Donation after Brain Death and Circulatory Death. Medicina (Kaunas). 2020 Jun 26;56(6):317. doi: 10.3390/medicina56060317.
  6. Zhang Y, Wang Q, Liu A, Wu Y, Liu F, Wang H, Zhu T, Fan Y, Yang B*. Erythropoietin Derived Peptide Improved Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Ischemia-Reperfusion Related Cellular and Renal Injury. Front Med (Lausanne). 2020 Jan 24;7:5. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2020.00005. eCollection 2020.
  7. Liu A, Wu J, Yang C, Wu Y, Zhang Y, Zhao F, Wang H, Yuan L, Song L, Zhu T, Fan Y, Yang B*. TRPM7 in CHBP-induced renoprotection upon ischemia reperfusion-related injury. Sci Rep. 2018 Apr 3;8(1):5510. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-22852-2.
  8. Dai HY, Ma LN, Cao Y, Chen XL, Shi H, Fan YP, Yang B*. Protection of CTGF Antibody Against Diabetic Nephropathy in Mice Via Reducing Glomerular β-Catenin Expression and Podocyte Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition. J Cell Biochem. 2017 Nov;118(11):3706-3712. doi: 10.1002/jcb.26017.
  9. Tang Q, Yang B, Fan F, Li P, Yang L, Guo Y*. Effects of individualized exercise program on physical function, psychological dimensions, and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic kidney disease: A randomized controlled trial in China. Int J Nurs Pract. 2017 Apr;23(2). doi: 10.1111/ijn.12519.
  10. Yang C, Hosgood SA, Meeta P, Long Y, Zhu T, Nicholson ML, Yang B*. Cyclic Helix B Peptide in Preservation Solution and Autologous Blood Perfusate Ameliorates Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Isolated Porcine Kidneys. Transplant Direct. 2015 Mar 10;1(2):e6. doi: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000000515.
  11. Yang C, Zhao T, Zhao Z, Jia Y, Li L, Zhang Y, Song M, Rong R, Xu M, Nicholson ML*, Zhu T*, Yang B*. Serum-stabilized naked caspase-3 siRNA protects autotransplant kidneys in a porcine model. Mol Ther. 2014 Oct;22(10):1817-28. doi: 10.1038/mt.2014.111. Epub 2014 Jun 16. Erratum in: Mol Ther. 2014 Dec;22(12):2156.
  12. Han J, Zhang L, Chen X*, Yang B*, Guo N, Fan Y. Effects of all-trans retinoic acid on signal pathway of cyclooxygenase-2 and Smad3 in transforming growth factor-β-stimulated glomerular mesangial cells. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2014 Mar;239(3):272-83. doi: 10.1177/1535370213519216.
  13. Zhao Z, Yang C, Li L, Zhao T, Wang L, Rong R, Yang B*, Xu M*, Zhu T*. Increased peripheral and local soluble FGL2 in the recovery of renal ischemia reperfusion injury in a porcine kidney auto-transplantation model. J Transl Med. 2014 Feb 23;12:53. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-12-53.
  14. Wu Y, Zhang J, Liu F, Yang C, Zhang Y, Liu A, Shi L, Wu Y, Zhu T, Nicholson ML, Fan Y*, Yang B*. Protective effects of HBSP on ischemia reperfusion and cyclosporine a induced renal injury. Clin Dev Immunol. 2013;2013:758159. doi: 10.1155/2013/758159.
  15. Yang C, Li L, Xue Y, Zhao Z, Zhao T, Jia Y, Rong R, Xu M, Nicholson ML, Zhu T*, Yang B*. Innate immunity activation involved in unprotected porcine auto-transplant kidneys preserved by naked caspase-3 siRNA. J Transl Med. 2013 Sep 13;11:210. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-11-210.
  16. Yang C, Jia Y, Zhao T, Xue Y, Zhao Z, Zhang J, Wang J, Wang X, Qiu Y, Lin M, Zhu D, Qi G, Qiu Y, Tang Q, Rong R, Xu M, Ni S, Lai B, Nicholson ML*, Zhu T*, Yang B*. Naked caspase 3 small interfering RNA is effective in cold preservation but not in autotransplantation of porcine kidneys. J Surg Res. 2013 May;181(2):342-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2012.07.015.
  17. Yang C, Zhao T, Lin M, Zhao Z, Hu L, Jia Y, Xue Y, Xu M, Tang Q, Yang B*, Rong R*, Zhu T*. Helix B surface peptide administered after insult of ischemia reperfusion improved renal function, structure and apoptosis through beta common receptor/erythropoietin receptor and PI3K/Akt pathway in a murine model. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2013 Jan;238(1):111-9. doi: 10.1258/ebm.2012.012185.
  18. Jia Y, Zhao Z, Xu M, Zhao T, Qiu Y, Ooi Y, Yang B*, Rong R*, Zhu T*. Prevention of renal ischemia-reperfusion injury by short hairpin RNA of endothelin A receptor in a rat model. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2012 Aug;237(8):894-902. doi: 10.1258/ebm.2012.011368.
  19. Hu L, Yang C, Zhao T, Xu M, Tang Q, Yang B*, Rong R*, Zhu T*. Erythropoietin ameliorates renal ischemia and reperfusion injury via inhibiting tubulointerstitial inflammation. J Surg Res. 2012 Jul;176(1):260-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2011.06.035.
  20. Jiang S, Tang Q, Rong R*, Tang L, Xu M, Lu J, Jia Y, Ooi Y, Hou J, Guo J, Yang B*, Zhu T*. Mycophenolate mofetil inhibits macrophage infiltration and kidney fibrosis in long-term ischemia-reperfusion injury. Eur J Pharmacol. 2012 Aug 5;688(1-3):56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2012.05.001.
  21. Yang B*, Hosgood SA, Da Z, Harper SJ, Waller HL, Kay MD, Furness PN, Nicholson ML. Biomarkers assessing warm ischemic injury using an isolated porcine kidney hemoreperfusion model. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2012 Dec;237(12):1462-73. doi: 10.1258/ebm.2012.012050.
  22. Haylor JL, Harris KP, Nicholson ML, Waller HL, Huang Q, Yang B*. Atorvastatin improving renal ischemia reperfusion injury via direct inhibition of active caspase-3 in rats. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2011 Jun 1;236(6):755-63. doi: 10.1258/ebm.2011.010350.
  23. Yang B*, Hosgood SA, Bagul A, Waller HL, Nicholson ML. Erythropoietin regulates apoptosis, inflammation and tissue remodelling via caspase-3 and IL-1β in isolated hemoperfused kidneys. Eur J Pharmacol. 2011 Jun 25;660(2-3):420-30. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2011.03.044.
  24. Yang B*, Elias JE, Bloxham M, Nicholson ML. Synthetic small interfering RNA down-regulates caspase-3 and affects apoptosis, IL-1 β, and viability of porcine proximal tubular cells. J Cell Biochem. 2011 May;112(5):1337-47. doi: 10.1002/jcb.23050.
  25. Yang B*, Hosgood SA, Nicholson ML. Naked small interfering RNA of caspase-3 in preservation solution and autologous blood perfusate protects isolated ischemic porcine kidneys. Transplantation. 2011 Mar 15;91(5):501-7. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318207949f.
  26. Yang B*, Hosgood SA, Harper SJ, Nicholson ML. Leucocyte depletion improves renal function in porcine kidney hemoreperfusion through reduction of myeloperoxidase+ cells, caspase-3, IL-1β, and tubular apoptosis. J Surg Res. 2010 Dec;164(2):e315-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2010.07.044.
  27. Yang B*, Harris KP, Jain S, Nicholson ML. Caspase-7, Fas and FasL in long-term renal ischaemia/reperfusion and immunosuppressive injuries in rats. Am J Nephrol. 2007;27(4):397-408.
  28. Yang B*, Jain S, Ashra SY, Furness PN, Nicholson ML. Apoptosis and caspase-3 in long-term renal ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats and divergent effects of immunosuppressants. Transplantation. 2006 May 27;81(10):1442-50.
  29. Yang B*, Jain S, Pawluczyk IZ, Imtiaz S, Bowley L, Ashra SY, Nicholson ML. Inflammation and caspase activation in long-term renal ischemia/reperfusion injury and immunosuppression in rats. Kidney Int. 2005 Nov;68(5):2050-67.
  30. Yang B, El Nahas AM, Fisher M, Wagner B, Huang L, Storie I, Barnett D, Barratt J, Smith AC, Johnson TS*. Inhibitors directed towards caspase-1 and -3 are less effective than pan caspase inhibition in preventing renal proximal tubular cell apoptosis. Nephron Exp Nephrol. 2004;96(2):e39-51.
  31. Yang B, Johnson TS, Haylor JL, Wagner B, Watson PF, El Kossi MM, Furness PN, El Nahas AM*. Effects of caspase inhibition on the progression of experimental glomerulonephritis. Kidney Int. 2003 Jun;63(6):2050-64.
  32. Yang B, Johnson TS, Thomas GL, Watson PF, Wagner B, Furness PN, El Nahas AM*. A shift in the Bax/Bcl-2 balance may activate caspase-3 and modulate apoptosis in experimental glomerulonephritis. Kidney Int. 2002 Oct;62(4):1301-13.
  33. Yang B*, El Nahas AM, Thomas GL, Haylor JL, Watson PF, Wagner B, Johnson TS. Caspase-3 and apoptosis in experimental chronic renal scarring. Kidney Int. 2001 Nov;60(5):1765-76.
  34. Yang B, Johnson TS, Thomas GL, Watson PF, Wagner B, Nahas AM*. Apoptosis and caspase-3 in experimental anti-glomerular basement membrane nephritis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2001 Mar;12(3):485-95.
  35. Yang B, Johnson TS, Thomas GL, Watson PF, Wagner B, Skill NJ, Haylor JL, El Nahas AM*. Expression of apoptosis-related genes and proteins in experimental chronic renal scarring. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2001 Feb;12(2):275-88.
  36. Thomas GL, Yang B, Wagner BE, Savill J, El Nahas AM*. Cellular apoptosis and proliferation in experimental renal fibrosis. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 1998 Sep;13(9):2216-26.
  37. Johnson TS, Griffin M, Thomas GL, Skill J, Cox A, Yang B, Nicholas B, Birckbichler PJ, Muchaneta-Kubara C, Meguid El Nahas A*. The role of transglutaminase in the rat subtotal nephrectomy model of renal fibrosis. J Clin Invest. 1997 Jun 15;99(12):2950-60.
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Invited Reviews

  1. Wu Y, Yang B*. Erythropoietin Receptor/beta Common Receptor: A Shining Light on Acute Kidney Injury Induced by Ischemia-Reperfusion. Front Immunol. 2021 Jun 30;12:697796. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.697796. eCollection 2021.
  2. Dai HY, Yang B*. [Research update of Klotho in kidney injury and repair]. Sheng Li Xue Bao. 2018 Dec 25;70(6):639-643.
  3. Liu A, Yang B*. Roles of TRPM7 in Renal Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury. Curr Protein Pept Sci. 2019;20(8):777-788. doi: 10.2174/1389203720666190507102948.
  4. Zwaini Z, Dai H, Stover C, Yang B *. Role of Complement Properdin in Renal Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury. Curr Gene Ther. 2017;17(6):411-423. doi: 10.2174/1566523218666180214093043.
  5. Zhang Y, Chen W, Wu Y and Yang B*. Renoprotection and Mechanisms of Erythropoietin and Its Derivatives Helix B Surface Peptide in Kidney Injuries. Curr Protein Pept Sci. 2017;18(12):1183-1190. doi: 10.2174/1389203717666160909144436.
  6. Yang C, Zhang C, Zhao Z, Zhu T, Yang B*. Fighting against kidney diseases with small interfering RNA: opportunities and challenges. J Transl Med. 2015 Feb 1;13:39. doi: 10.1186/s12967-015-0387-2.



Yang C, Yang B*. Acute kidney injury in China: A neglected truth and perspective. Asian J Urol. 2016 Jan;3(1):4-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajur.2015.11.001.


Book Chapters and Proposals

  1. Yang C, Qi R, Yang B*. Pathogenesis of Chronic Allograft Dysfunction Progress to Renal Fibrosis. Adv Exp Med Biol 2019;1165:101-116. Book Chapter
  2. Yang C and Yang B*: siRNA-induced RNAi Therapy in Acute Kidney Injury, in RNA Interference (ISBN: 978-953-51-4614-8), InTech, Book editor: ORbrokhim Y. Abdurakhmonov, published in April 2016

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