Yuhan Wang
Yuhan Wang
Assistant Professor
Division of Nutritional Sciences

223 Savage Hall


Yuhan is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Nutrition at Cornell University in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Her research aims at studying the brain-body interactions that govern metabolic regulation and their implications in the context of obesity and diabetes. To achieve this goal, her research utilizes a combination of molecular and functional approaches in animal models to elucidate the neural circuits involved in metabolic regulation and to understand how they become dysregulated in the presence of disease.

Yuhan earned her Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University with a focus on developing gene and cell therapies for diabetes. She conducted her postdoctoral training at Janelia Research Campus in Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where she developed spatial and molecular techniques for mapping molecularly defined neuronal types in the mouse brain to study their functional involvement in various behaviors.

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  1. Wang Y, Krabbe S, Eddison M, Henry F, Lemire A, Korff W, Tillberg P, Luthi A, Sternson SM. "Multimodal mapping of cell types and projections in the central nucleus of the amygdala ", Elife, 2023 Jan 20;12:e84262. doi: 10.7554/eLife.84262.
  2. Wang Y, Eddison M, Fleishman G, Weigert M, Xu S, Wang T, Rokicki K, Goina C, Henry F, Lemire A, Schmidt Uwe, Yang H, Svoboda K, Myers E, Saalfeld S, Korff W, Sternson SM*, Tillberg P*. " EASI-FISH for thick tissue defines lateral hypothalamus spatio-molecular organization", Cell. 2021 Dec; 184, 6361–6377. *Co-senior author.
  3. Li B, Wang Y, Pelz C, Moss J, Shemer R, Dor Y, Akkari YK, Canady PS, Naugler WE, Orloff S, Grompe M. “In vitro expansion of cirrhosis derived liver epithelial cells with defined small molecules”. Stem Cell Research, 2021 Oct;56:102523.
  4. Wang Y, Dorrell C, Naugler WE, Heskett M, Spellman P, Li B, Galivo F, Haft A, Wakefield L, Grompe M. “Long-term correction of diabetes in mice by in vivo reprogramming of pancreatic ducts”, Molecular Therapy. 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.ymthe.2018.02.014 
  5. Galivo F, Benedetti E, Wang Y, Schug J, Kaestner K, Grompe M. “Reprogramming human gallbladder cells into insulin-producing β-like cells”, PloS ONE. 2017 Aug; 12(8): e0181812.
  6. Wang Y, Galivo F, Pelz C, Haft A, Lee J, Kim SK, Grompe M. “Efficient generation of pancreatic β-like cells from the mouse gallbladder”, Stem Cell Research. 2016 Nov; 17(3): 587-596
  7. Dorrell C, Tarlow B, Wang Y, Canaday PS, Haft A, Schug J, Streeter PR, Finegold MJ, Shenje LT, Kaestner KH, Grompe M. “The organoid-initiating cells in mouse pancreas and liver are phenotypically and functionally similar”, Stem Cell Research. 2014 Sep;13(2):275-83
  8. Hickey RD, Galivo F, Schug J, Brehm MA, Haft A, Wang Y, Benedetti E, Gu G, Magnuson MA, Shultz LD, Lagasse E, Greiner DL, Kaestner KH, Grompe M. “Generation of islet-like cells from mouse gall bladder by direct ex vivo reprogramming”, Stem Cell Research. 2013 Jul;11(1):503-15.
  9. Liang D, Hu H, Li S, Dong J, Wang X, Wang Y, He L, He Z, Gao Y, Gao SJ, Lan K. “Oncogenic herpesvirus KSHV Hijacks BMP-Smad1-Id signaling to promote tumorigenesis”. PloS Pathog. 2014 Jul 10;10(7):e1004253.

Postdoc., HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University

B.S., Shandong University

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