Chunmei Wang Lab

Chunmei Wang Lab Members

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Chunmei Wang, Ph.D. - Primary Investigator

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Chunmei Wang
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I started my scientific career from exploring the androgens actions in the gonads (as a Ph.D. candidate), to unravelling neuroendocrine mechanisms for sex differences in energy balance (as a postdoctoral fellow). These previous experiences equipped me with sufficient knowledge and skills in studying functions of sex hormones in the central nervous system. My current goal is to expand my research to explore brain estrogenic actions in the regulation of energy balance under different physiological conditions, including sex differences in response to nutritional challenges, female body weight and feeding controls in menopause, pregnancy and lactation. I hope that results from my research will identify rational targets for developing therapeutic strategies for neuroendocrine disorders in females, specifically the dysregulation of sex hormones and associated metabolic diseases.

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Benjamin Eappen - Technician

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Benjamin Eappen
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I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in Spring 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in religious studies. Throughout my life, I have always been curious about learning how our biological systems influence the way we behave and derive our personalities. After taking a biochemistry lab in college, I became interested in the idea of seeing real-life applications of my classes in a research environment. Before I joined Wang lab, I was part of the Blumenthal-Barby lab at Baylor College of Medicine where I investigated ways to include adolescent patients in their decision-making so treatment options can be tailored towards their values. This experience was instrumental in growing my interest to understand the underlying mechanisms that influence behavior, leading me to find this opportunity with Wang Lab. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and going on long walks with my family and my mini-poodle, Cyrus. I also travel to Austin frequently to watch my alma mater play football. Go Longhorns!

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