UCLA Dentistry faculty member recognized by prestigious Chinese Academy of Engineering

Posted on: Thursday, 12/19/2013

World-renowned dentist-scientist, Cun-Yu Wang, DDS, PhD, No-Hee Park Endowed Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and a Professor of Bioengineering at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elected as a foreign member to the Chinese Academy of Engineering – one of the most prestigious and exclusive engineering and medical academies in Asia.

Wang is one of only six individuals in the world to be elected as a foreign member in 2013 and is the only faculty member from UCLA to ever receive this distinction. Membership into the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) is deemed one of the highest honors in the fields of engineering, medicine, public health, biotechnology, and pharmaceutics in China.

Chosen for his significant research contributions, Wang has focused his career on the study of molecular signaling and therapeutics of cancer; molecular regulation of oral and systemic inflammation and infection; and molecular and epigenetic control of adult stem cell properties and craniofacial regeneration. In addition, he is being recognized for his strong collaborations with Chinese researchers and the significant impact that these relationships have on medical advancements and scientific discoveries.

“Not only is this a remarkable accomplishment for Dr. Cun-Yu Wang, but this is a reflection on the world-class research that is coming out of UCLA,” said Dr. No-Hee Park, Dean, UCLA School of Dentistry. “I know I speak for the entire UCLA School of Dentistry community that we are honored to call Dr. Wang one of our colleagues.”

Wang’s publications have been cited more than 12,000 times and he is among the most highly-cited dentist-scientists at the national and international levels. In 2011, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of National Academies, which is one of the highest honors in medicine and public health in the United States.

“I am honored to be elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineers,” said Dr. Cun-Yu Wang. “Collaborating with China’s leading researchers and scientists is significant in itself, but to also be recognized for it is unbelievable.”

Wang received his dental training from both Peking University and Nanjing University. After receiving his PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics at UNC at Chapel Hill in 1998, he joined the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as an Associate Professor. He was recruited to his current position as professor of oral biology and medicine in 2007.

The UCLA School of Dentistry is dedicated to improving the oral and systemic health of the people of California, the nation and the world through its teaching, research, patient care and public service initiatives. The School of Dentistry provides education and training programs that develop leaders in dental education, research, the profession and the community. The School of Dentistry also conducts research programs that generate new knowledge, promote oral health and investigate the cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral disease in an individualized disease-prevention and management model; and delivers patient-centered oral health care to the community and the state.