Hongwei Yao, Ph.D was awarded a 12-month Falk Research Award

hongwei-yao-kudosHongwei Yao, Ph.D was awarded a 12-month Falk Research Award from the Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust, Falk Trust Awards Programs, Falk Medical Research Trust. Yao is currently an Associate Professor (Research) Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School. His research focuses on molecular pathogenesis and potential therapeutic targets in chronic lung diseases including neonatal Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) as well as adult Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis using cultured cells, animal models and human peripheral tissues. Dr. Yao is an expert in lung oxidative stress, inflammation, cellular senescence, metabolism, and mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy). His recently funded Falk Research award project is entitled “Identification of Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1A as a Novel Target for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia”.