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Joshua Jianxin                 Wang

Joshua Jianxin Wang MD

Department of Ophthalmology

Associate Professor of, Research

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Synopsis Of Research:

My research focuses on studying the diabetic related vascular complications, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic vascular disease, insulin resistance and diabetic nephropathy. In addition to addressing mechanisms, our cellular and biochemical studies are meant to develop cures for diseases that affect the retina, peripheral vessel and kidney.

1.Diabetic retinopathy: Focusing on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress activation and interactions among ER stress, oxidative stress and inflammation in retina.
2.Peripheral vascular disease (PVD): Endothelial cells in the vascular system are especially vulnerable to hyperglycemic conditions. Exploring endothelial dysfunction in diabetic setting, would aid in the search for novel approaches in the prevention of diabetes vascular disease.
3.Diabetic nephropathy: Glomerular endothelial cells and podocytes are primary sites of injury resulting in chronic kidney disease in diabetes. We investigate the function of endogenous angiogenic inhibitors in regulation of renal cells in diabetic kidney.
4.Adipocyte and insulin resistance: Studying the function of PEDF in adipogenesis, provide pivotal information for understanding the mechanisms underlying the association of PEDF,obesity and insulin resistance.

Selected Publications:

1.Boriushkin E, Wang JJ, Li J, Bhatta M, Zhang SX. p58(IPK) suppresses NLRP3 inflammasome activation and IL-1β production via inhibition of PKR in macrophages. Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 26;6:25013. doi: 10.1038/srep25013. PubMed PMID: 27113095; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4845006.
2.Bhatta M, Ma JH, Wang JJ, Sakowski J, Zhang SX. Enhanced endoplasmic reticulum stress in bone marrow angiogenic progenitor cells in a mouse model of long-term experimental type 2 diabetes. Diabetologia. 2015 Sep;58(9):2181-90. doi: 10.1007/s00125-015-3643-3. Epub 2015 Jun 11. PubMed PMID: 26063198; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4529381.
3.Gardner AW, Parker DE, Montgomery PS, Sosnowska D, Casanegra AI, Ungvari Z, Csiszar A, Zhang SX, Wang JJ, Sonntag WE. INFLUENCE OF DIABETES ON AMBULATION AND INFLAMMATION IN MEN AND WOMEN WITH SYMPTOMATIC PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE. J Clin Transl Endocrinol. 2015 Dec 1;2(4):137-143. PubMed PMID: 26835254; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4730895.
4.Zhang SX, Ma JH, Bhatta M, Fliesler SJ, Wang JJ. The unfolded protein response in retinal vascular diseases: implications and therapeutic potential beyond protein folding. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2015 Mar;45:111-31. doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2014.12.001. Epub 2014 Dec 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 25529848; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4339403.
5.Chen C, Cano M, Wang JJ, Li J, Huang C, Yu Q, Herbert TP, Handa JT, Zhang SX. Role of unfolded protein response dysregulation in oxidative injury of retinal pigment epithelial cells. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2014 May 10;20(14):2091-106. doi: 10.1089/ars.2013.5240. Epub 2013 Dec 17. PubMed PMID: 24053669; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3995121
6.Zhang SX, Sanders E, Wang JJ. Endoplasmic reticulum stress and inflammation: mechanisms and implications in diabetic retinopathy. J Ocul Biol Dis Infor. 2011 Jun;4(1-2):51-61. doi: 10.1007/s12177-011-9075-5. Epub 2012 Jan 18. PubMed PMID: 23330021; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3342410.
7.Wang M, Wang JJ, Li J, Park K, Qian X, Ma JX, Zhang SX. Pigment epithelium-derived factor suppresses adipogenesis via inhibition of the MAPK/ERK pathway in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Dec;297(6):E1378-87. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00252.2009. Epub 2009 Oct PubMed PMID: 19808909; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2793046.
8.Wang JJ, Zhang SX, Mott R, Knapp RR, Cao W, Lau K, Ma JX. Salutary effect of pigment epithelium-derived factor in diabetic nephropathy: evidence for antifibrogenic activities. Diabetes. 2006 Jun;55(6):1678-85. PubMed PMID: 16731830.

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Education and Training:
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Associate, University of Oklahoma HSC Diabetes/ Cell Biology (2007)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Ophthalmology/Molecular Biology (2003)
  • Fellowship, California State University at Northridge, CA (2000)
  • Fellowship, cardiology, Guangzhou Medical University, First Hospital, Guangzhou China (1993)
  • Fellowship, Cardiology, Sun Yat-sen Univ. of Medical Sciences (1991)
  • Residency, Residency (Internal Medicine) Hubei University of Medicine-University Hospital, Hubei China (1988)
  • MD, Hubei University of Medicine, Hubei China(Graduated with highest honor) (1985)

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UB South Campus
Farber Hall Room 307
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: 716-645-1807

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