Leyao Wang, PhD, MPH


Instructor in Medicine

Education and Training

  • 2008, Ph.D., Microbiology: Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • 2010, Postdoctoral fellow in Viral Oncology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2011, MPH, Epidemiology: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2017, Postdoctoral fellow in Genetic Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut

Honors and Awards

  • 2015-2017 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH-NIAID
  • 2016 Travel award for the Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2016 Scholarship for the 57th Human and Mammalian Genetics and Genomics short course, Bar Harbor, ME

Research Interests

Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the interaction of environmental and genetic factors in determining complex disease susceptibility, particularly asthma. The rising incidence of asthma over the last decades implies a conflict between changing environment and the evolving human genome. Her study aims to evaluate the impact of diverse environmental exposures on the airway microbial community and consequently how the altered commensal microbiome modulates genetic factors for asthma risk. With this, Dr. Wang currently works towards:

  • Developing family-based asthma cohort to identify rare/common genetic factors as well as specific bacterial species underlying asthma development/exacerbations.
  • Investigating the relationship between indoor microbial exposure with nasal microbiome in children with RSV bronchiolitis.
  • Establishing collaborations, especially for time-sensitive environmental exposures on the disturbance of human commensal microbiome and lung health.


View Leyao Wang’s research publications on PubMed »