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Remembering Dr. Guoliang Yang

August 16, 2011

With profound sadness we announce the death of Dr. Guoliang Yang, associate professor in the Department of Physics. Dr. Yang passed away at midnight on August 14, 2011 after a brief but intense bout with liver cancer.

Dr. Yang was a respected researcher, a dedicated teacher, and a warm and humble colleague. He worked in the forefront field of atomic-force single molecule spectroscopy, studying the central problem of protein folding and stability. He developed a novel, temperature-control device for the Atomic Force Microscopy. More recently he was interested in understanding experimentally the effect of crowding in protein properties and in understanding the basic science of the interaction between DNA and proteins in cellular reproduction. He was working collaboratively with other Drexel faculty members on projects that productively employed his research techniques.

Dr. Yang will also be remembered as a caring, conscientious, and enthusiastic teacher who taught at all levels of the physics curriculum. His advanced and interdisciplinary courses, which he developed, were well-received by both students and faculty.

Dr. Yang will be deeply missed by his surviving wife and children, his three Ph.D. students, and by the entire Department of Physics and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Yang’s funeral services will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073, from 2:00-4:00 pm (2:00-3:00 Viewing, and 3:00-4:00 Service).

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