Awards & Recognition
- Distinguished Contribution Award to the 25th Chinese Olympic Games teams (1992)
- Honorary mention of Sports Science Award of the International Olympic Committee President (1991)
- Scientist Development Award –National Center of American Heart Association (2003)
- Received the first NIH RO1 award (2003)
- Lillehei Scholars, Dean's Faculty Recruit, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota (2005)
- Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award in Cardiology, University of Minnesota (2008)
Research Summary/InterestsOur interests are to use identify the molecular targets associated with the abnormal mitochondrial biogenesis and ventricular dysfunction in the failing hearts, and to understand the molecular mechanism of the decreased NO-cGMP bioavailability in cardiovascular diseases. The experimental approaches include generating state-of-the-art tissue specific gene modified animals, selective gene modification in cultured cells and integrated cardiovascular functional analysis in small experimental animals. We are currently focused on the cell specific functions of dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase 1 (DDAH1) and the translational initiation on the cardiovascular function.