Heuy-Ching Hetty Wang

US Army Institute of Surgical Research, USA

Heuy-Ching Hetty Wang is a Senior Research Biologist and a Principal Investigator at the Ocular Trauma Division of the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, Tex, USA. Dr. Wang directs a research program designed to develop new treatments for ocular injuries inherent to the modern battlefield that will improve outcomes of vision and enhance posttrauma quality of life. Currently, her program focuses on cell-based therapies for retinal regeneration after retinal cell loss from traumatic injury. Three different cell types are targets for the cell-based therapies: the neuroretina (photoreceptor and neurons), the retinal pigment epithelium, and vascular endothelial cells. Her team has demonstrated therapeutic potential of bone marrow-derived stem cell to injured retina in the murine eye and is currently pursuing applications of induced-pluripotent stem cells after retinal injury in a nonhuman primate eye, an eye closely resembling the human eye. Dr. Wang has served in previous academic appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and the Baylor College of Medicine before she was recruited for her current position in 2006. She earned her Ph.D. degree in immunology at Clemson University, SC, USA.

Biography Updated on 19 February 2012

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