Dr. Meng Wang, associate professor in the Huffington Center on Aging and the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine has been awarded the 2017 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). The O’Donnell Awards recognize three rising star researchers in Texas whose work has set them apart in medicine, engineering or science and meets the highest standards of professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.
Wang’s O’Donnell Award reflects her work in aging biology and discovering clues to natural treatments that could allow the human body to age better and improve its health span. Wang has identified genetic and molecular insights into how humans age through her study of worms.
“My goal is for my research is to eventually lead to improving healthy aging among the general population overall,” said Wang. To reach this goal, she has started to explore natural compounds that exist in the body and can contribute to therapies that promote longevity and boost health.
Wang will receive her award at a special ceremony in San Antonio on Jan. 11, where she will also deliver a presentation highlighting her unique work.
“It’s incredible to be recognized for my work, and it encourages me to continue to be creative and think big,” said Wang. “I’ve had amazing support through Baylor and the scientific leaders here, including Dr. Huda Zoghbi, who nominated me for this award, and I look forward to continuing to advance my aging research into new areas.”
The O’Donnell Awards are named in honor of Edith and Peter O’Donnell, who are among the state’s staunchest advocates for excellence in scientific advancement and science, technology, engineering and medical education. They have been celebrating rising researchers with this award since 2006.
View a video of Wang discussing her research.