Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, Ph.D.
- Study the role of gut microbiota in contributing to and preventing obesity and metabolism-associated health issues including fatty liver, systemic inflammation, skin disease, mental and neurological issues, and cancer aiming to uncover means for treatment.
- Study the beneficial effects of vitamins and natural products such as chemicals derived from tea, β-carotene, milk, or fermentation-generated metabolites.
- Study the effect of gut microbiota in regulating bile acid synthesis that in turn affects metabolism, insulin sensitivity, immunity, inflammation, and cancer formation or prevention.
Dr. Wan received her B.S. from the School of Pharmacy at Taipei Medical University in Taipei, Taiwan in 1979. She received her M.S. in 1981 and her Ph.D. in 1983 in Experimental Pathology from Drexel University. She obtained a fellowship from NIH to study molecular biology of the liver before she became a faculty member in the Pathology Department at Harbor UCLA in 1989, and became a Full Professor in 2001. In 2003, Dr. Wan joined the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at University of Kansas Medical Center and in 2007 was named the Director of the Liver Center and the Leader of the Cancer Biology Program at the Cancer Center. In 2012, Dr. Wan joined the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis Health System.
As Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Wan oversees research activities of our faculty members and advances the department’s strategic research plan. She coordinates seminars, workshops, lectureships as well the annual research retreat. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Research Committee, which supports the research and funding of our research programs. Within the UC Davis Health Systems, Dr. Wan has fostered translational research through her service on biorepository activities and interdepartmental seed grants.
Dr. Wan is actively involved in service at the national and international levels. She has been serving NIH study sections continuously for the past 17 years. She is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief for Open Pharmaceutical Science Journal as well as an editorial board member for many other journals. In addition, Dr. has mentored over 100 people including faculty members, MD and PhD fellows, medical and graduate students as well as undergraduate students.