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Jing Wang, Ph.D.
613-7378899 ext 71954

ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2410-4771

Research Activities

Dr. Wang's research program focuses on dissecting the molecular mechanisms that regulate neural stem cell reprogramming and differentiation in the context of neurological diseases including Alzheimer's Disease, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis, and further using this understanding to rationally design and test therapies for neural injury and degeneration.  Several ongoing research projects are described below.

1. Molecular control of lipid metabolism in brain aging: We have identified the role of atypical protein kinase C (aPKC) mediated Ser 436 phosphorylation in CBP, a histone acetyltransferase (HAT), as an important mechanism that sustains hippocampal neuronal differentiation, maturation, and memory during normal aging (Stem Cell Reports, 2016). We also demonstrate that metformin, an FDA-approved anti-diabetic drug, can activate the aPKC-CBP pathway to promote NPC neuronal differentiation and improve hippocampus-associated memory in vivo (Stem Cell Reports, 2015, Cell Stem Cell, 2012). Our recent publication (Theronostics, 2020) reveals that when the aPKC-CBP pathway is impaired in an AD animal model during pathological aging, monoacylglycerol lipase (Mgll) levels are highly upregulated in hippocampi to reduce neuronal differentiation and impair spatial memory in the AD animal model. Intriguingly,  these AD-associated deficits can be rescued by metformin treatment through reactivating the aPKC-CBP mediated Mgll gene repression. Ongoing research program continue to identify extrinsic source of Mgll and its roles in regulating neural stem cell behavior in vivo and aim to translate the findings into clinical applications. 

2.Optimizing cell-based therapies to promote neurovascular regeneration and behavioural recovery after ischemic stroke. We recently used a rat Endothelin-1 (ET-1) focal ischemic stroke model  to demonstrate that preconditioning of human iPSC derived neural stem cells (hiPSC-NSCs) with metformin before transplantation into the stroke-damaged brains improves engraftment and regeneration capabilities of hiPSC-NSCs and ultimately accelerates gross motor recovery and reduces infarct volume (Stem cells and Development, 2018). Ongoing research project continues to optimize cell-based therapies to promote neurovascular regeneration and behavioural recovery following ischemic stroke.