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Yiqiang Cai, PhD, MD

Associate Research Scientist (Nephrology)

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Yiqiang Cai, PhD, MD



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 professional journals including "Science", "Nature Genetics" (4 papers), "Cell", "Nature Cell Biology", "Science Signaling", "Journal of Clinical Investigation", "Journal of Biological Chemistry", "PNAS" (In press), and others which have been cited by more than 6500 articles (google scholar/2023). Dr. Cai is the recipient of the American Heart Association Scientist Development Award (grant) (2001-2004), the PKD Foundation Research Grant (2005-2006), the Travel Award of the American Society of Nephrology (six times, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2013), and The Jared Grantham Symposium Travel Award (2014). Dr. Cai is the invited reviewer for many professional journals such as the "Journal of American Society of Nephrology", "Kidney International", "Cancer Letter", "Human Molecular Genetics", and others. Dr. Cai is the invited speaker by many Institutions/conference in USA, Japan, Canada, Korea, Netherlands, and in China. Dr. Cai was honored as the "Guest Professor" by the Southern Medical University and the Central South University respectively in China (2008-2012/2013).

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Tokushima University School of Medicine (1995)
  • MD
    Hunan Medical University (1987)


  • linking the defect of ciliary trafficking to a genetic kidney cystic disease: insights on a potential pharmaceutical target for ADPKD
    Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan 2015
    3rd annual Sapporo Summer Seminar for One Health (SaSSOH), Japan
  • Modified BAC-transgene: a powerful tool for studies of gene function and genetic diseases
    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China 2013
    The Sun Yat-sen International Forum on Bio-Medicine, China
  • The long way toward understanding of polycystic kidney disease
    Changsha, Hunan, China 2013
    The 2013 academic annual meeting of Oncology Group of Chinese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Regulation of ciliary trafficking of polycystins: new insights on the molecular basis of ADPKD pathogenesis
    Seoul, South Korea 2006
    the Annual PKD Meeting 2006 of Korean Research , South Korean

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
The Jared Grantham Symposium Travel AwardThe Jared Grantham Symposium planning committee2014
Guest Professor (2008-2013)Central South University2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Guest Professor (2008-2012)Southern Medical University2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Advances in Research Conference Travel AwardAmerican Society of Nephrology2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Scientist Development AwardAmerican Heart Association2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Fujii-Ostuka Fellowship for International Exchange Program (4/1992- 3/1995, Tokushima University School of Medicine, Japan). Fujii-Ostuka Foundation, Tokushima, Japan1992, 1993, 1994

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