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Rong Wang, Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery
Director, Laboratory for Accelerated Vascular Research

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513 Parnassus Avenue, HSW 1618
San Francisco, CA 94143-0507
Phone: (415) 476-6820
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  • 1980-84, Sichuan University, B.S., Biology
  • 1984-88, Graduate School of Chinese Science and Technology University, Inst. of Genetics, M.S. candidate, Mammalian Genetics
  • 1988-93, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ph.D., Biology (Angiogenesis)
  • 1994-99, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cancer Biology
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  • Arteriogenesis
  • Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
  • Collateral Vessel Formation
  • Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Growth
  • Embryonic Development
  • EphrinB2
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Neovascularization
  • Notch Pathway
  • Physiologic, Ischemia
  • Stem Cells
  • Vascular Development
  • Vascular Physiology

Rong Wang, Ph.D. is the Director of the Laboratory for Accelerated Vascular Research. Previously, Dr. Wang had the distinction of being a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Michael Bishop, MD, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Chancellor of UCSF. Dr. Wang's team is engaged in state-of-the-art research involving key proteins necessary for blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) and arterial growth (arteriogenesis). They have found that the Notch 4 protein can cause dramatic blood vessel enlargement in adult animals and that the protein called focal adhesion kinase is essential for maintaining existing blood vessel structure.  The ability to encourage the growth of blood vessels can increase healing in traumatic wounds, promote recovery from strokes and heart attacks, or generate the growth of new pathways around blocked arteries in the lower limbs to reduce the potential of gangrene and possible amputation.

Most recent publications from a total of 41
  1. Cao Y, Axup JY, Ma JS, Wang RE, Choi S, Tardif V, Lim RK, Pugh HM, Lawson BR, Welzel G, Kazane SA, Sun Y, Tian F, Srinagesh S, Javahishvili T, Schultz PG, Kim CH. Multiformat T-cell-engaging bispecific antibodies targeting human breast cancers. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2015 Jun 8; 54(24):7022-7. View in PubMed
  2. Liu T, Fu G, Luo X, Liu Y, Wang Y, Wang RE, Schultz PG, Wang F. Rational design of antibody protease inhibitors. J Am Chem Soc. 2015 Apr 1; 137(12):4042-5. View in PubMed
  3. Wang RE, Liu T, Wang Y, Cao Y, Du J, Luo X, Deshmukh V, Kim CH, Lawson BR, Tremblay MS, Young TS, Kazane SA, Wang F, Schultz PG. An immunosuppressive antibody-drug conjugate. J Am Chem Soc. 2015 Mar 11; 137(9):3229-32. View in PubMed
  4. Tian L, Wang RE, Chang YH. Molecular PINCERs® for biomarker analysis and their potential application in hepatitis C diagnosis. Antivir Ther. 2012; 17(7 Pt B):1437-42. View in PubMed
  5. Niu Y, Wang RE, Wu H, Cai J. Recent development of small antimicrobial peptidomimetics. Future Med Chem. 2012 Sep; 4(14):1853-62. View in PubMed
  6. Hu Y, Amin MN, Padhee S, Wang RE, Qiao Q, Bai G, Li Y, Mathew A, Cao C, Cai J. Lipidated peptidomimetics with improved antimicrobial activity. ACS Med Chem Lett. 2012 Aug 9; 3(8):683-6. View in PubMed
  7. Niu Y, Bai G, Wu H, Wang RE, Qiao Q, Padhee S, Buzzeo R, Cao C, Cai J. Cellular translocation of a ?-AApeptide mimetic of Tat peptide. Mol Pharm. 2012 May 7; 9(5):1529-34. View in PubMed
  8. Wang RE, Tian L, Chang YH. A homogeneous fluorescent sensor for human serum albumin. J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2012 Apr 7; 63:165-9. View in PubMed
  9. Wang RE, Niu Y, Wu H, Hu Y, Cai J. Development of NGR-based anti-cancer agents for targeted therapeutics and imaging. Anticancer Agents Med Chem. 2012 Jan; 12(1):76-86. View in PubMed
  10. Bai G, Padhee S, Niu Y, Wang RE, Qiao Q, Buzzeo R, Cao C, Cai J. Cellular uptake of an a-AApeptide. Org Biomol Chem. 2012 Feb 14; 10(6):1149-53. View in PubMed
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