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Yujun Cai, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Vascular)



Dr. Cai completed a Ph.D. at Lanzhou University in 2003. He finished postdoctoral training in Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Rochester. Dr. Cai has expertise in the areas of inflammation, extracellular matrix, lysosome biology related to the pathogenesis of vascular disorders. Dr. Cai’s overall research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of cyclic nucleotide signaling in the pathogenesis of arterial and venous disorders. He has a longstanding interest in investigating the function, molecular mechanisms, and therapeutic potential of phosphodiesterase (PDE) in vascular diseases. Dr. Cai uses multiple approaches including RNA-Seq/bioinformatics, proteomics, in vitro primary cell culture, state-of-art in vivo rodent surgical models of diseases, human specimens from patients, and transgenic mice, and collaborates with vascular biologists, vascular surgeons, bioengineers, gene/drug delivery experts, and bioinformatics experts to achieve his research goals.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    University of Rochester (2012)
  • PhD
    Lanzhou University (2003)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Transformational Project AwardAmerican Heart Association2019
Scientist Development GrantAmerican Heart Association2013
First Class AwardChina Post-doctoral Science Foundation2004

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