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Yong-Xu Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Yong-Xu Wang
Ph.D.: 1999, University of Iowa
Postdoctoral research: Salk Institute
Office: University of Massachusetts Medical School
364 Plantation Street, LRB-517
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: 508-856-5647


Brown fat and white fat have opposite function-energy expenditure and energy storage, respectively.  In addition, white fat displays considerable plasticity of switching to brown-like adipocytes under proper stimuli.  Both brown and brown-like adipocytes are present in adult humans and have become a potential drug discovery target for obesity and associated metabolic diseases.  We are interested in cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling brown fat fate determination and maintenance and whether these mechanisms can be explored to convert white adipocytes to brown-like adipocytes. We particularly focus on transcriptional control, epigenetics, non-coding RNAs, and signaling molecules.  We employ an array of tools such as knockout and transgenic mice, deep sequencing, and CRISPR-mediated genome editing in our study.

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