Gaofeng Wang, PhD

After earning my PhD in physiology at the Fourth Military Medical University in China, I started my postdoctoral training at Duke University, first working on G protein–coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling and then Parkinson’s disease. Since 2007, my independent research has been focused on the functional genomics of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), especially the function of the chromosome 10q26 locus in AMD development. I was fortunate enough to be funded by the BrightFocus Foundation to carry out research on a detailed examination of the ARMS2 gene (the gene that codes for age-related maculopathy susceptibility protein 2, which is thought to play a role in AMD). Currently, my research focuses on the epigenetic regulation of vitamin C in different diseases, including AMD.