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Gavin Wang MD, PhD

Gavin Yong Wang MD, PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Academic Focus
  • Cellular Senescence
  • Neuroscience/Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Developmental Cancer Therapeutics
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MD: Chongqing Medical University 
PhD: Peking Union Medical College  
Post-Doctoral Fellow: Medical University of South Carolina  


Cellular Senescence
Neurodegenerative Disorders 
Developmental Cancer Therapeutics

Academic Biography: 

Dr. Gavin Wang is a tenure-track faculty member of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and a full member of the developmental cancer therapeutics (DCT) program of Hollings Cancer Center. His research interests consist of cellular senescence, neurodegenerative disorders and developmental cancer therapeutics. His lab’s recent studies have demonstrated a critical role for senescent glial cells in the pathogenesis and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. He is among the pioneers whose studies have demonstrated that the induction of senescence is a prominent response of tissue stem cells as well as many types of tumor cells to irradiation and certain anti-cancer therapies. He has served as Principle Investigator (PI) or co-investigator on several NIH-funded research projects and published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, invited reviews and book chapters. Dr. Wang is a full member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and Radiation Research Society (RRS). He also has considerable experience with grant review and has served as a reviewer for various funding agencies including NIH, DOD and NASA. In addition, Dr. Wang has reviewed a multitude of manuscripts for many scientific journals including Cancer Research, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, Cell Death and Disease, and Biochemical Pharmacology.