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Yuliang Wang PhD

Computer Science & Engineering
Research Assistant Professor

Email: yuliangw@uw.edu | Phone: 206.221.4771

Pluripotent stem cell differentiation and tissue development are often accompanied by significant metabolic shifts. It is increasingly recognized that metabolic states are not merely the byproduct of cellular signaling, but can actively influence cell fate decision. In particular, cellular epigenetic states (histone and DNA methylation, histone acetylation) and intermediary metabolism are interconnected by key metabolites such as S-Adenosyl methionine, α-ketoglutarate, acetyl-CoA. My research aims to integrate transcriptomics, epigenetics and network modeling to understand the how metabolic network state influences stem cell differentiation and tissue development via its effects on epigenetic modifications. This research can lead to efficient metabolic approaches (changing medium culture, inhibiting or activating a metabolic enzyme) to manipulate cell fates.