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Jian Wang, MD, PhD

Jian Wang, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
720 Rutland Avenue, Ross 370B
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 443-287-5490
Fax: 410-502-5177
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The research of Dr. Jian Wang focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of stroke (hemorrhagic and ischemic) and traumatic brain injury. He uses established in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo models to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that may contribute to these types of brain injury and to assess potential therapeutic modalities for protecting the brain. The research tools used in his lab include cellular and molecular neurobiology, pharmacology, immunology, MRI, and neurobehavioral testing. Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Heart Association (AHA), his current research focuses on prostaglandin E2 receptors, natural compounds known as flavonoids, and neuronal cell death pathways. The long-term goal of his research is to reduce stroke- (hemorrhagic and ischemic) and trauma-induced brain injury and improve long-term functional outcomes.

Professional Activities

  • American Heart and Stroke Association
  • American Society for Neuroscience
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism

Selected Publications

  1. Wang J, Rogove AD, Tsirka AE, Tsirka SE. Protective role of Tuftsin fragment 1-3 in an animal model of intracerebral hemorrhage. Ann Neurol 54:655–64, 2003.
  2. Wang J, Tsirka SE. Neuroprotection by inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases in a mouse model of intracerebral hemorrhage. Brain 128:1622–33, 2005.
  3. Wang J, Doré S. Heme oxygenase-1 exacerbates early brain injury after intracerebral hemorrhage. Brain 130:1643–52, 2007.
  4. Wang J.Preclinical and clinical research on inflammation after intracerebral hemorrhage. Prog Neurobiol 92:463-77, 2010.
  5. Wu H, Wu T, Xu X, Wang J, Wang J. Iron toxicity in mice with collagenase-induced intracerebral hemorrhage. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 31:1243–50, 2011.
  6. Wu H, Wu T, Li M, Wang J. Efficacy of the lipid-soluble iron chelator 2,2’-dipyridyl against hemorrhagic brain injury. Neurobiol Dis 45:388–94, 2012.
  7. Wang J, Wang J, Yu L, Jiang C, Chen M, Wang M, Wang J. Bone marrow mononuclear cells exert long-term neuroprotection in a rat model of  ischemic stroke by promoting arteriogenesis and angiogenesis. Brain Behav Immun 34:56–66, 2013.
  8. Chang CF, Cho S, Wang J. (-)-Epicatechin protects hemorrhagic brain via synergistic Nrf2 pathways. Ann Clin Transl Neurol 1:258–71, 2014.
  9. Wang J, Yu L, Jiang C, Fu X, Liu X, Wang M, Ou C, Cui X, Zhou C, Wang J. Cerebral ischemia increases bone marrow CD4+CD25+FoxP3+ regulatory T cells in mice via signals from sympathetic nervous system. Brain Behav Immun 43: 172–83, 2015.
  10. Wang J, Liu X, Lu H, Jiang C, Cui X, Yu L, Fu X, Li Q, Wang J. CXCR4+CD45 BMMNC subpopulation is superior to unfractioned BMMNCs for protection after ischemic stroke in mice. Brain Behav Immun 45:98108, 2015.
  11. Zhao X, Wu T, Chang CF, Wu H, Han X, Li Q, Gao Y, Li Q, Hou Z, Maruyama T, Zhang J, Wang J. Toxic role of prostaglandin E2 receptor EP1 after intracerebral hemorrhage in mice. Brain Behav Immun 46:293-310, 2015.
  12. Wang M, Hong X, Chang CF, Li Q, Ma B, Zhang H, Xiang S, Heo H, Zhang Y, Leigh R, Koehler R, van Zijl P, Wang J*, Zhou J*. Simultaneous detection and separation of hyperacute intracerebral hemorrhage and cerebral ischemia using amide proton transfer (APT) MRI. Magn Reson Med 74:42-50, 2015 (*co-corresponding authors).
  13. Han X, Lan X, Li Q, Gao Y, Zhu W, Cheng T, Maruyama T, Wang J. Inhibition of prostaglandin E2 receptor EP3 mitigates thrombin-induced brain injury. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2015; in press (doi: 10.1177/0271678X15606462).
  14. Cheng T, Wang W, Li Q, Han X, Xing J, Qi C, Lan X, Wan J, Potts A, Guan F, Wang J. Cerebroprotection of (-)-epicatechin after traumatic brain injury via Nrf2–dependent and –independent pathways. Free Radic Biol Med 2015; in press (doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2015.12.027).
  15. Wu H, Wu T, Han X, Wan J, Jiang C, Chen W, Lu H, Yang Q, Wang J. Cerebroprotection by the neuronal PGE2 receptor EP2 after intracerebral hemorrhage in middle-aged mice. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2016; in press (doi: 10.1177/0271678X15625351).

Current Laboratory Members/Key Associates

Xiaoning Han, MD, PhD,
Xi Lan, PhD
Qian Li, MD, PhD
Wenzhu Wang, MD
Jieru Wan, MD
Jie Yang, MD, PhD


  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002–2004)
  • American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant (2006–2008)
  • American Heart Association Beginning Grant-in-Aid (2009–2011)
  • NIH K01 award (2008–2013)
  • American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid (2013–2015)