Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Yang Yifan
Education Research Scientist, OER Centre for Science of Learning in Education
Research Scientist, National Institute of Education - Office of Education Research
Dr YANG Yifan is a Research Scientist at the Science of Learning, Office of Education Research. She received her BEng (Honours) in mechanical and production engineering from Nanyang Technological University, MA in exercise physiology from University of Texas Austin, and PhD in human bioenergetics from the Human Performance Laboratory, Ball State University, USA. Dr Yang was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Irvine, USA, and Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University.
As an exercise physiologist, she is interested in translating her research to improve human health and potential via optimising human skeletal muscle health, learning and nutritional ergogenic aids. Dr Yang uses an integrative and multidisciplinary approach in her research. Her research expertise ranges from whole-body to cellular physiological measurements including human skeletal muscle biopsies, gene expression and stable isotope infusion. She welcomes inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration with other researchers, clinicians, and industry partners. Dr Yang has extensive human research experience and has worked with research participants of varying ages (young to elderly) in acute and long-term studies.
Dr Yang has received teaching awards from NTU (see awards). She also had several other teaching, coaching and personal training experiences prior to NTU. She is a member of the American Physiology Society, American College of Sports Medicine, and National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr Yang had formerly represented Singapore in athletics and weightlifting, and obtained her Yoga Teacher certification by Yoga Alliance, USA.
1) Integrative and multidisciplinary research involving exercise, physical activity and nutrition on learning and skeletal muscle health conditions related to ageing, diseases and disuse, and 2) nutritional ergogenic aids
  • Recovery period of resistance exercise on circulating microRNAs
  • Developing a Framework and Instrument for Examining the Nature of ResearchPractice Partnerships and Their Impact
  • Role of leucine ver sus protein supplementation for quality weight loss in elderly
  • LOVING (Learning about Our behavior is Valuable for Increasing Nurturing relationships and healthy Growth)
• 2015 NTU Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award - Honour for Teacher
• 2019 NIE Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award