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Yiqiang Cai, PhD, MD

Associate Research Scientist in Medicine (Nephrology)

Contact Information

Yiqiang Cai, PhD, MD

Mailing Address

  • Internal Medicine

    PO Box 208056, 333 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8056

    United States



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.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Tokushima University School of Medicine, Japan (1995)
  • MD
    Hunan Medical University, China (1987)
  • NIH-sponsor Postdotoral Fellow
    Yale University
  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine


  • 3rd annual Sapporo Summer Seminar for One Health (SaSSOH), Japan
    Sapporo, Japan 2015
    invited speaker
  • The Sun Yat-sen International Forum on Bio-Medicine, China
    Guangzhou, China 2013
    invited speaker
  • The 2013 academic annual meeting of Oncology Group of Chinese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, China
    Changsha, China 2013
    invited speaker
  • the Annual PKD Meeting 2006 of Korean Research , South Korean
    Seoul, South Korea 2006
    invited speaker

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
The Jared Grantham Symposium Travel AwardThe Jared Grantham Symposium planning committee2014
Advance Science Research Conference Travel AwardAmerican Society of Nephrology2013
Advance Science Research Conference Travel AwardAmerican Society of Nephrology2011
Advances in Research Conference Travel Support American Society of Nephrology2010
Advances in Research Conference Travel SupportAmerican Society of Nephrology2009
Advances in Research Conference Travel AwardAmerican Society of Nephrology2008
Advances in Research Conference Travel AwardAmerican Society of Nephrology2005
Scientist Development AwardAmerican Heart Association2001

Professional Service

Cheng-du Medical CollegeGuest (Visiting) Professor2008 - Present
Cheng-du Medical Collegemember of editorial board, Proceedings of Cheng-du Medical College2008 - Present
Central South UniversityGuest (Visiting) Professor2008 - 2013
Southern Medical UniversityGuest (Visiting) Professor2008 - 2011

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