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 human microbiome and lung diseases, particularly asthma. Wang lab uses population studies and animal models to identify airway microbes that are associated with asthma and study how the microbial community interacts with airway immune cells to mediate asthma exacerbations. Further, Wang lab has been leading a collaborative birth cohort in Puerto Rico after the devastating Hurricane Maria (September 20th, 2017) with the aim to evaluate the impact of prenatal adverse exposures (i.e. maternal stress, malnutrition) on the infant gut and airway microbiome and subsequent childhood asthma risks. This prospective cohort will foster our understanding on asthma origin, especially in regions affected by climatic events.


View Leyao Wang’s research publications on PubMed »