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Wei Hsu, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-7802

Fax: (585) 276-0190

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Research Program: Morphogenetic Signaling Network in Development and Disease: 1. Skeletogenic Signaling Pathways in Development and Deformity; 2. Stem Cell Biology; 3. 3. Ubiquitin-like Modifiers; 4. Wnt Signal Production and Transduction; 5. Epigenetic Regulation

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Research Program: Morphogenetic Signaling Network in Development and Disease
1. Skeletogenic Signaling Pathways in Development and Deformity
The primary objective is to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underlying skeletogenesis, including the development of skeletogenic mesenchyme, cell fate determination and differentiation of skeletal stem cells, intramembranous and endochondral ossifications, development of TMJ, and tooth morphogenesis. We currently focus on the interplay of Wnt, FGF and BMP pathways. By elucidating the mechanism underlying skeletal development mediated by these genetic regulatory networks, we hope to advance the knowledge base of skeletal diseases.
2. Stem Cell Biology
This is an integral part of our projects studying the genetic control of cellular signals and signal transduction mechanisms underlying the development of lineage-specific stem cells and niches in development and disease. We currently focus on characterization of a newly identified and isolated population of skeletal stem cells with long-term self-renewal and differentiating and regenerative abilities, contributing directly to tissue repair by replacing the damaged skeleton. In addition, we are interested in survival and development of neural stem cells regulated by the SUMO pathway.
3. Ubiquitin-like Modifiers
A multi-disciplinary approach is used to study the SUMO (small ubiquitin-related modifier) pathway in mammalian development and disease. We have demonstrated the requirement of SUMO-specific protease 2 in survival and development of tissue-specific stem cells and niches. Current efforts focus on determining the role of SUMO-specific protease 2, identifying its targets and downstream effects on the SUMO regulatory pathway in skeletal development and remodeling, as well as neural development and degeneration, e.g. Alzheimer's Disease, Huntington's Disease, optic neuropathies. The long-term goal is to gain important insight into the SUMO regulatory pathway and to explore preventive and therapeutic applications.
4. Wnt Signal Production and Transduction
This project deciphers the regulatory mechanism underlying the making of Wnt and its signal transduction in signal-producing and signal-receiving cells, respectively. The main focus is to investigate our discovery of Gpr177/mouse Wntless as a master regulator for intracellular trafficking of Wnt. We currently investigate the Gpr177-mediated regulation of Wnt in the development of various organs, birth defects, and cancers.
5. Epigenetic regulation
The main focus is to elucidate the mechanisms by which microRNAs regulate the development and homeostasis of the craniofacial and body skeletons. We are particularly interested in the role of miR-23a cluster in bone remodeling and osteoporosis.



BS | Taiwan - Non-Medical School

M Ph | CUNY, Mt Sinai Sch of Med
Biomedical Sciences

PhD | Cuny Mt Sinai Sch of Med
Biomedical Sciences

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

1994 - 1997
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 10032

1989 - 1994
Graduate Fellow Molecular Biology Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY


Distinguished Alumni Award
Sponsor: Taipei Fuhsing Private School, Taiwan

Idea Award, Breast Cancer Research Program

Research Award
Sponsor: Northeast Regional Development Biology Conference

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Sponsor: National Kidney Foundation

Traveling & Research Award
Sponsor: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Traveling & Research Award
Sponsor: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

1989 - 1994
Predoctoral Fellowship
Sponsor: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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Journal Articles

Shen C, Li L, Zhao K, Bai L, Wang A, Shu X, Xiao Y, Zhang J, Zhang K, Hui T, Chen W, Zhang B, Hsu W, Xiong WC, Mei L. "Motoneuron Wnts regulate neuromuscular junction development." eLife.. 2018 Aug 16; 7Epub 2018 Aug 16.

Maruyama T, Jiang M, Abbott A, Yu HI, Huang Q, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M, Chen EI, Hsu W. "Rap1b Is an Effector of Axin2 Regulating Crosstalk of Signaling Pathways During Skeletal Development." Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.. 2017 Sep 0; 32(9):1816-1828. Epub 2017 Jun 26.

Zhu XJ, Liu Y, Yuan X, Wang M, Zhao W, Yang X, Zhang X, Hsu W, Qiu M, Zhang Z, Zhang Z. "Ectodermal Wnt controls nasal pit morphogenesis through modulation of the BMP/FGF/JNK signaling axis." Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists.. 2016 Mar 0; 245(3):414-26. Epub 2016 Jan 08.