Yiqiang Cai MD, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Medicine (Nephrology)

Biographical Info

Dr. Cai graduated from Hunan Medical University in China (M.D. equivalent) and Tokushima University School of Medicine in Japan (Ph.D.). His primary research interest is on the study of polycystic kidney disease with current focus on the molecular basis of the PKD pathogenesis. Dr. Cai is the co-author of more than 40 publications that published in well known profreesional journals including "Science", "Nature Genetics" (4 papers), "Cell" and "Nature Cell Biolgy", which have been cited by more than 3500 articles. Dr. Cai is the recipient of the American Heart Association Scientist Development Award, the PKD Foundation Research Grant, and six times of the Travel Award of the American Society of Nephrology (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2013), and is the invited reviewer for the "Journal of American Society of Nephrology", "Kidney International", and "Cancer Letter", "Human Molecular Genetics", etc. Dr. Cai is the invited speaker by many Universities/Institutions in USA, Canada, Korea and in China.



International Activity

  • Genetic animal models and the study of human genetic diseases
    China (2013 - 2013)
    Invited speaker
  • Modified BAC-transgenic mouse model: a powerful tool for studies of gene function and genetic diseases
    Guangzhou, China; Changsha, China; Wuhan, China (2011 - 2011)
    Invited speaker
  • New insights into the pathogenesis of PKD
    Shanghai, China (2011 - 2011)
    Invited speaker
  • PKD, Cilia, and Beyond
    Changsha, China; Chengdu, China; Guangzhao, China; Wuhan, China (2008 - 2008)
    invited speaker
  • Regulation of ciliary trafficking of polycystins: new insights on the molecular basis of ADPKD pathogenesis
    Seoul, South Korea (2006 - 2006)
    invited speaker
  • Ciliary trafficking of polycystin-1: a long way towards understanding of the molecular basis of ADPKD pathogenesis
    Edmonton, Canada (2005 - 2005)
    invited speaker
  • New insights on the molecular mechanism of polycystin-2 functional regulation
    Shanghai, China (2004 - 2004)
    invited speaker in the Shanghai International Symposium for Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Polycystin-2 subcellular localization, function, and functional regulation: an update
    Shanghai, China (2001 - 2001)
    invited speaker
  • Phosphorylation of Polycystin-2 in Vivo
    Netherlands (2000 - 2000)
    invited oral presentation in The 5th International PKD Workshop

Education & Training

M.D.
Hunan Medical University, China (1987)
Ph.D.
Tokushima University School of Medicine, Japan (1995)
Postdoctoral Associate
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Internal Medicine (1995 - 1999)
NIH-sponsor Postdotoral Fellow
Yale University, Internal Medicine (1999 - 2000)

Honors & Recognition

  • Scientist Development Award
    American Heart Association (2001)
  • Advances in Research Conference Travel Award
    American Society of Nephrology (2005)
  • Advances in Research Conference Travel Award
    American Society of Nephrology (2008)
  • Advances in Research Conference Travel Support
    American Society of Nephrology (2009)
  • Advances in Research Conference Travel Support
    American Society of Nephrology (2010)
  • Advance Science Research Conference Travel Award
    American Society of Nephrology (2011)
  • Advance Science Research Conference Travel Award
    American Society of Nephrology (2013)

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