Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mei Wan is an Associate professor of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She obtained her Ph.D. in Pathophysiology at Hebei Medical University in 1997. In recent years, she found that active TGFβ can be released from tissue in response to perturbations to the local environment such as bone remodeling (Nat. Med. 2009, Cell Stem Cell 2011), arterial injury (Stem Cells 2012, Stem Cell Dev. 2014), and lung injury (J. Immunol. 2014). The released active TGFβ stimulates the migration of MSCs to participate in tissue repair or remodeling. Currently, Dr. Mei Wan is an editorial board member for Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and Bone Research.
Mei Wan has a research experience from the past 17 years, her focuses is on characterizing the mechanisms by which bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are regulated in various physiological and pathological conditions such as bone remodeling, cancer development, vascular disorders, and tissue repair/remodeling. At earlier years of her career, she demonstrated that the role of proteosome degradation pathway in the regulation of TGFβ signaling. She also identified the central mechanism through which parathyroid hormone stimulates bone formation, which had been the major unresolved question in bone field.