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Postdoc Profile: Wei Wang

Q&A with Wei Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in the Yu Lab

24 May 2024

What is your current research focus and why?

I currently study adult ischemic stroke and neural regeneration. Ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow is impaired, like when a blood clot obstructs a brain artery, sometimes resulting in tissue damage from a lack of oxygen and nutrients. Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of disability and mortality worldwide, and treatment options are limited for these patients.

Growing up, what career did you want to pursue?

When I was a kid, I always thought it would be awesome to become a scientist!

When and how did you become interested in a career in science?

During my time as an undergraduate student, I witnessed patients in the hospital grappling with their diseases, yet treatment options and medications were lacking. I then realized the importance of foundational research—which I found extremely intriguing.

What made you decide to join the Yu Lab at the Stowers Institute?

The topic of how olfactory sensory neurons underlie the sense of smell is fascinating. Using mice as a research organism, the projects in the Yu Lab related to this show great promise for deepening our understanding of the nervous system and neurological diseases.

What is your favorite non-research related memory at the Stowers Institute so far?

I enjoy the talent shows.

What is your favorite thing to do in Kansas City?

Spending time in the parks and experiencing the nature of Kansas City.

What advice do you have for other people curious about a career in science?

Try out rotations in various labs. And then, choose the one that interests you the most.

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