Academic Rank:
Assistant Professor
Affiliation(s):
St. Paul’s Hospital
Short Bio:

Dr. Ying Wang is an Assistant Professor who joined our faculty and Centre for Heart Lung Innovation in 2021. She is an early career investigator from the PlaqOmics Leducq Foundation Trans-Atlantic Network. Her research is focused on studying cell-cell and cell-microenvironment interactions to determine why diseased cells accumulate in atherosclerotic lesions and how we can remove them. ‘Functional omics on a tissue slide’ is the current theme of Dr. Wang’s research. With a combination of biobank-associated studies, spatial biology technology, and molecular biology, researchers in the Wang Lab aim to develop new therapeutic and diagnostic tools for better treatment and prediction of atherosclerotic disease.

Academic background

  • Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Vascular Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, US. 2020
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 2017
  • PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia. 2014
  • MSc, Pharmacology, Wuhan University, China. 2008
  • BSc, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wuhan University, China. 2006

Publications

For a list of Dr. Wang’s publications, click https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1HMZmFH4JD6AGC/bibliography/public/

Research Interest

Atherosclerosis: epigenetic and genetic risk factors, biomarkers, pharmacology
Vascular biology: cell fate lineage tracing, cell trans-differentiation, apoptosis, necrosis, efferocytosis, microenvironment,
Spatial biology: multiplex imaging, in situ transcriptomics, artificial intelligence-based analysis

Current projects in my lab include:

Dr. Ying Wang at UBC, Department of Pathology and Medicine is welcoming graduate students to join her research laboratory located at Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, St. Paul’s Hospital. Her research group will be multidisciplinary combining vascular biology, spatial biology and bioinformatic methods to study atherosclerotic disease (https://pathology.ubc.ca/faculty/ying-wang/)

Qualified candidates are expected to start as summer students in June 2021, to work with industry experts in multiplex imaging and in situ transcriptomics via the Mitacs Accelerate Program. Applicants can then enroll as Master or PhD students in fall 2021.

Applicants with, but not exclusive to, backgrounds of biochemistry, biology, biophysics, pharmacology, or chemistry are encouraged to apply. Dr. Wang is committed to train young talents who have a career goal to be independent researchers in academia or industry. Candidates are expected to be self-motivated, demonstrate reliability and trouble shooting skills to work with precious human biospecimens. Previous bench work experience in histology, immunostaining, microscopy imaging, and/or cell culture are assets. In addition to science, students in both Master and PhD program are encouraged to develop communication and leadership skills to support and work collaboratively with researchers in the “Spatial Biology Community” Dr. Wang will be leading at UBC. PhD students with satisfying performance will have the opportunity to conduct visiting study in research labs within the PlaqOmics Leducq Foundation Trans-Atlantic Network https://www.plaqomics.com/members/

Interested candidates can directly contact Dr. Wang by ying.wang@hli.ubc.ca with your CV and academic record.

Teaching Interest

I see teaching as a reciprocation to all my inspiring mentors and I am willing to pave the road to success for my student. My teaching philosophy is:

  • 1) Visualization of the concept map to building students’ knowledge structure;
  • 2) Create an inclusive learning environment to stimulate active learning;
  • 3) Application-oriented practice to allow students to understand how classroom materials fits in with the larger picture of their career development.

For PATH501, I will incorporate image analysis into class practice. I am also building a ‘spatial biology’ community to invite knowledge users of the new cutting-edge spatial biology technologies to share experience and collaboration networks. Trainees in this community will have access to e-resources and toolkits to explore this field by self-learning.