Weidong Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, OU Health Sciences Center

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Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in Genetics and Development from Columbia University in New York. He then did his postdoctoral training in regenerative medicine and chemical biology at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.

Dr. Wang’s interests center on the pancreatic beta cell biology and insulin resistance in diabetes. Specifically, using mouse models, he is studying the role of pathological stress in the beta cell death during diabetes and the identification of molecules (small molecules and macromolecules) that protect or preserve beta cells for the treatment of diabetes. He is also studying the mechanisms of beta cell compensation under conditions of insulin resistance and exploring the possibility of harnessing the endogenous beta cell regeneration capability for diabetes treatment by identifying beta cell regeneration small molecules. More recently, he is also studying novel genes and small molecules newly identified in his lab on the improvement of obesity-induced insulin resistance.