Irene Yang is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, and received her MSN in Nursing Education and PhD in Nursing Research from the University of Louisville in 2014. She continued her research training with a T32 postdoctoral fellowship at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and was privileged to join the faculty in 2016.

Areas of Expertise

  • Biological Behavioral/omics
  • Health Disparities
  • Maternal and Infant Health/Midwifery
  • Neurocognitive Disease/Alzheimers
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Environmental Health


  • Hu, W.T., Howell, J.C., Ozturk, T., Benameur, K., Bassit, L.C., Ramonell, R., Cashman, K.S., Pirmohammed, S.,
    Roback, J.D., Marconi, V.C., Yang, I., Mac, V.V., Smith, D., Sanz, I., Wharton, W., Lee, F.E., Schinazi, R.F.
    (2020). Antibody profiles according to mild or severe SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2020.
    Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(12). Advance online publication.
  • Yang, I., Hu, Y., Corwin, E.J., Dunlop, A.L. (2020). Exploring the maternal infant oral microbiome. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 34(3), 211-221.
  • Yang, I., Sandeep, S. & Rodriguez, J. (2020). The Oral Health Impact of Electronic Cigarette Use: A Systematic Review. Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 50(2), 97-127.
  • Yang, I. & Hall, L. (2019). Factors related to prenatal smoking among socioeconomically disadvantaged women. Women & Health, 59, 1026-1074.
  • Yang, I., Knight, A.K., Dunlop, A. L., & Corwin, E.J. (2019). Characterizing the subgingival microbiome of pregnant, African American women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), 48(2), 140-152.
  • Baker, B. & Yang, I. (2018). Social media as social support in pregnancy and the postpartum. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 17, 31-34.
  • Mutic, A., Ferranti, E., Jordan, S., Thul, T., & Yang, I. (2017). The postpartum and newborn microbiomes. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 42(6), 326-331.
  • Jordan, S., Baker, B., Dunn, A., Edwards, S., Ferranti, E., Mutic, A., Yang, I. & Rodriguez, J. (2017). Maternal-Child Microbiome: Collection, Storage and Implications for Research and Practice. Nursing Research, 66, 175-183.
  • Yang, I., Hall, L., Ashford, K., Paul, S., Ridner, S. L., Polivka, B. (2017). Pathways from socioeconomic status to prenatal smoking: A Test of the Reserve Capacity Model. Nursing Research, 66, 2-11.
  • Yang, I. & Hall, L. (2016). Nicotine dependence measures for perinatal women. Clinical Nursing Research, 26(4), 419-450.


Dr. Yang has taught at the undergraduate level, primarily focused on maternity and reproductive health nursing. Currently she teaches a doctoral seminar called "Omics in Health and Disease."


Dr. Yang has a growing program of research, scholarship, and expertise on the oral-systemic connection. Her investigations in this area focus on the oral microbiome and inflammation as an underlying mechanism to explain the relationship between poor oral health and extra-oral conditions. Within this research area, she has three domains of investigation. First, among maternal populations she investigates the role of the oral microbiome and inflammation in maternal birth outcomes. Second, she studies how oral health, the oral microbiome, and inflammation interact and contribute to cognitive decline among older adults. Finally, she investigates the impact of e-cigarette use on oral health, the oral microbiome, and inflammatory pathways.

Oral Health, Inflammation, and the Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment among Cancer Caregivers

NIH/NINR, 3P30NR018090-02S2

Total Costs: $338,019


  • 2021 Scialog Microbiome, Neurobiology, and Disease Fellow
  • 2020 Butler-Williams Scholar
  • 2016 AWHONN Novice Researcher Award