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 named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator at Baylor.
“It is a big honor to be named an HHMI Investigator and join a very prestigious group of scientists,” Wang said. “Being an HHMI Investigator gives me an opportunity to interact with other outstanding scientists in the institute, and I’m really excited.”
Wang and her lab colleagues conduct research that focuses on healthy aging and how it interacts with metabolism. Specifically, she is interested in identifying natural metabolite that derive from metabolic reactions, to try and understand how they function and how they can use it as a new target to promote healthy aging.
Wang will have research support from HHMI in studying metabolic cues in improving longevity and healthy aging over the course of seven years.
“I have been with Baylor for eight years now, and I have received a lot of support from my colleagues, the Huffington Center on Aging, the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the College. Without their support, none of this would be possible,” Wang said.
The HHMI Investigator Program supports nearly 300 investigators, located at more than 60 research institutions across the United States, who are widely known for their scientific discoveries, their innovation and their success in pushing the bounds of knowledge in biomedical research.
Wang joins Dr. Huda Zoghbi, director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of molecular and human genetics, Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor of molecular and human genetics, and Dr. Jeffrey Magee, professor of Neuroscience as HHMI Investigators at Baylor.