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Education & Training

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2005-2008

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University-Commerce Commerce, TX, 2004-2005

PhD, Department of Pathogenic Biology, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 2000-2003

MA, Institute of Entomology, Life Science Department, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China, 1995-1998

BS, Life Science Department, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China, 1991-1995



Awards/ Honors

2022              AHA Established Investigator Award

2014-2019     R01 NIH Young Investigator Award                                                              

2015-2018     Dialysis Clinic, Inc (DCI) Research Award                                                     

2010-2014     AHA Scientist Development Grant Award                                                      

2010                  Best ATVB poster in ATVB annual meeting                                                   

2006-2008     AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship                                                                         

2003                  Outstanding Graduate Award in Tongji Medical College, China                       

2003-2004     Basic Research Award from Hubei Government, China                                



Funding/ Active Grant Support

Title:  Regulation and Function of TSPAN2 in Vascular Disease
Type: R01 HL139794-01A1   
Agency: NIH
Period: 01/18/19 – 12/31/22.
Role: Principle Investigator

Title:  Novel Interplay of MKL1 and KILN in Vascular Smooth Muscle Pathophysiology
Type: 2 R01 HL122686  
Agency: NIH
Period: 9/1/2019 -8/31/2023
Role: Principle Investigator