GAO, Wei-Qiang, Ph.D

GAO, Wei-Qiang, Ph.D

KC Wong Chair Professor
Director of State Key Laboratory of Oncogenes and Related Genes
Director of Renji Hospital Stem Cell Research Center
Dean of School of Biomedical Engineering
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Prof. Wei-Qiang Gao received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1989 and did his post-doctoral research at Columbia University and the Rockefeller University. From 1993-2010, he was a Scientist and then Senior Scientist at Genentech, Inc.. In early 1990’s, he made important contributions to the mechanisms of cerebellar granule neuronal differentiation. His group then pioneered research on development and regeneration of inner ear hair cells and changed the traditional view that mammalian inner ear hair cells cannot regenerate. Since 2000, he has been working on “cancer research and cancer stem cells”. Dr. Gao has published more than 90 papers as either corresponding or the first author in journals such as Nature, Cell, Science, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications, etc., including a Nature paper in 2008 to report for the first time that a single adult stem cell is capable of generating a functional prostate organ. He has been granted 48 US patents. In 2010, he relocated to China to initiate his new endeavors in China. He is the Chief Scientist of 2 program projects from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and 2 key grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.