Wei (Wesley) Wang, Ph.D.
Wesley is from Jiangsu province in China. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and master’s degree in Chemical Biology in Peking University Health Science Center. During his master’s research in Dr. Runtao Li’s lab, Wesley focused on developing new organocatalytic reactions to synthesize novel small molecules from the naturally occurring heterocycle Butenolides. After that he moved to US and earned his PhD degree in Chemical Biology in Dr. Wenshe Liu’s lab of Texas A & M University, where he received training in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His PhD research was focused on elucidation of epigenetic mechanisms using nucleosomes assembled in vitro with site specific post-translation modifications (PTM). His major accomplishment was the discovery of new deacetylation target sites for SIRT6 and SIRT7, which play important roles in gene function regulation by removing Nε-acetylation from histone lysines. Wesley joined Dr. Parker’s lab as a postdoctoral associate from January, 2019. He is interested in developing new chemical strategies to modulate PTMs and PPIs .