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Prof. Wei JIA


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Acting Dean and Chair Professor in Chinese Medicine and Systems Biology, School of Chinese Medicine Director, Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Medicine Phenome Research Centre


Prof. Jia's M.S. and Ph.D. were completed at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the field of radiopharmaceutical science. Previously, he has been a (tenured, full) Professor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Associate Director of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center). Prof. Jia also served as a (tenured, full) Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Co-Director of UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research for about 5 years. Prior to his appointment with UNCG, Prof. Jia worked in China for 10 years as Professor and Executive Vice Dean at College of Pharmaceutical Science, Tianjin University, and Professor and Vice Dean for Research, School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Prof. Jia has 28 years of experience as a scientist in the medical field with a proven track record of building and operating highly successful interdisciplinary research programs, such as translational research centers, clinical-omics platforms, and botanical-based drug development laboratories in collegiate and industrial settings.


His research interest focuses on microbial metabolomics and host-gut microbe metabolic interactions that underlie the development of gastrointestinal diseases and metabolic disorders and the treatment of these conditions using small molecule compounds, natural products, and traditional Chinese medicines. His group currently operates a world-class metabolomics laboratory, to quantitatively determine endogenous small-molecule metabolites and trace elements, supporting translational research in cancer biology, drug discovery, and traditional Chinese.



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Prof Jia Wei

Merging metabolomics with traditional Chinese medicine 

"Research in traditional Chinese medicine has to be conducted across many disciplines. We have to make use of modern scientific tools to study such a complex medical system and come up with new ideas." 

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