Dr. Wei Jia is currently Professor and Director of the Center for Translational Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University affiliated 6th People’s Hospital. He is also Professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Associate Director of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center). Previously, he has been a Professor at 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, Dr. 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.
Dr. Jia’s M.S. and Ph.D. were completed at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the field of radiopharmaceutical sciences. He is the author of over 300 scientific papers and 6 books, and serves on the editorial boards for 9 scientific journals in the fields of metabolomic and translational research. His current research interest focuses on the molecular mechanisms that link metabolic disruptions in gut microbial-host co-metabolism to metabolic disorders and gastrointestinal cancer. Several research projects are being conducted in Dr. Jia's group to decipher the complex metabolic interactions in gut-liver-brain axis and regulation of cancer cell metabolism. In addition, Dr. Jia directs a well-recognized metabolomics laboratory. Over the past 15 years, his lab has developed a number of metabolomics technologies and protocols, focusing on the quantitative analysis of endogenous small-molecule metabolites and trace elements from biological specimens including blood, urine, saliva, and tissues of experimental animals and human subjects.