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Hongwei GAO

Asian man with glasses wearing a blue shirt and black jacket
Title: Health Scientist Administrator
Office(s): Division of Aging Biology (DAB)
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Hongwei Gao, M.D., Ph.D., is a program officer in the Aging Physiology Branch of the Division of Aging Biology at NIA, where he manages the portfolio for studies that emphasize aging-dependent loss of function in the cardiac, venous, arterial and pulmonary systems. Prior to joining NIA, Gao served as a program officer in the Division for Research Capacity Building at NIGMS, where he oversaw the Institutional Development Award Networks for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) program and managed grants for the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program. Gao came to NIGMS from Harvard Medical School, where he was an assistant professor of anesthesia and a senior scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  His research interests have included regulation of the inflammatory responses, sepsis, pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. Gao received his medical degree from Tianjin Medical University, and his Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from Michigan State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in immunopathology at the University of Michigan.

Research Interests/Portfolio

Circulatory and Pulmonary Program

  • Age-dependent changes in cardiac and vascular structure and function
  • Role of stem cells in maintenance and renewal of the circulatory and pulmonary systems
  • Effects of aging on erythropoietic proliferation, differentiation and transformation
  • Aging of the respiratory system including the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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