Leyao Wang, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine
Allergy & Pulmonary

Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Program
Computational and Systems Biology Program
Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program

Research Abstract:

The overarching goal of my research is to understand emerging microbial factors in asthma development and asthma exacerbations, especially in the context of climate change. My research program is interdisciplinary with an integration of epidemiology, data sciences, and molecular biology into research on human microbiome.

Mentorship and Commitment to Diversity Statement:
I believe diversity and inclusion are the key to achieving excellence and self-esteem in all our endeavors. As a Chinese immigrant and through my experiences as a mentee, mentor, and female principal investigator, I have become appreciative of people from different cultural backgrounds, learning approaches, communication styles, and ways of demonstrating success.

I have had many joyful and successful mentoring experiences. As a mentor, I believe it is very important to encourage mentees to have big questions and develop solutions for them. A mentor should have a vision in science and prepare mentees for future challenges. In my research group, diversity and inclusion are important to our mission of achieving the most excellence in research. Reflecting on my own journey, I know how important it is for mentees, especially females, immigrants, underrepresented minorities, and those with disabilities, to receive support from their mentors and surrounding environment. Therefore, as a mentor, I always ensure that my trainees are aware of their values, strength, and resilience.

Outside of my research lab, I have served as a mentor for the Global Health Research Mentoring Program at Washington University and was awarded as an outstanding mentor in 2020 for creating a supportive and equal environment for my mentees. I have also volunteered to be the official designee of my division at Washington University to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion activities.

Selected Publications:

Microbiome links breast-feeding and asthma protection: A cohort study helps elucidate this underlying player
Wang, L. & DeWan, A. T., Sep 2022, In: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 150, 3, p. 587-588 2 p.

The nasopharyngeal and salivary microbiomes in COVID-19 patients with and without asthma
Kim, J. G., Zhang, A., Rauseo, A. M., Goss, C. W., Mudd, P. A., O'Halloran, J. A. & Wang, L., 2022, Allergy. In press

Asthma in patients with suspected and diagnosed coronavirus disease 2019
Cao, L., Lee, S., Krings, J., Rauseo, A. M., Reynolds, D., Presti, R., Goss, C., Mudd, P., O'Halloran, J. A. & Wang, L., May 2021, In: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 126, 5, p. 535-541.e2

Prenatal food insecurity post Hurricane Maria is associated with decreased Veillonella in the infant gut
Wang, L., de Ángel Solá, D., Acevedo Flores, M., Schriefer, A., Wang, L., Gerónimo López, K., Chang, A., Warner, B., Shan, L., Holtz, L. R. & Rosario Matos, N., Dec 2020, In: Pediatric research. 88, 6, p. 917-924 8 p.

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