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Yong-Ming Yu, M.D., Ph.D.

Yong-Ming Yu, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the research administration office at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. He is also an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a biochemist (surgery) at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Yu is the principal investigator of the Mass Spectrometry Core Facility at the Boston Shriners Hospital. He has been involved in the projects exploring insulin resistance after burn injury, with a focus on in vivo metabolic experiments using stable isotope and in vivo imaging techniques. He is also exploring the possible pharmacological approaches to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce metabolic aberrations after burn injury, including GLP-1, CoQ10 and the mitochondria protection agent “BendaviaRT,” with the metabolic research team. 

Dr. Yu’s research projects include mechanisms of metabolic disturbance in severely burned patients in the acute, recovery and convalescence phases of the injury. His research also involves the development of novel nutritional support approaches for the recovery of pediatric burn patients.

Dr. Yu has over 80 publications. He has been funded by Shriners Hospitals for Children and NIH (involved in projects as PIs in P50 center grant and the P30 Harvard Nutrition/Obesity program grant).

Dr. Yu has served two terms on the research committee of the American Burn Association, on editorial boards of Burns and Trauma, Frontier of Medicine and Chinese Burn Journal (in Chinese). He is also an invited reviewer for multiple prestigious journals.

Current positions:

  • Director of Research Administration Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Biochemist (Surgery), Massachusetts General Hospital


  • BSc, Biology (Pre-Med), Department of Biology, Beijing University
  • M.D., Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
  • Ph.D., Nutritional Biochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

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