Yu Tian Wang

Degrees / Designations 

Ph.D. (Neuroscience) Memorial University of Newfoundland
M.Sc. (Physiology) Shandong University
B.M. (Medicine) Shandong University

Email Address 
Mailing Address 
Brain Research Centre UBC Hospital 2211 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver, Canada V6T 2B5


Academic Appointment 
Body Locations and Systems 
Brain and Nerves
Disorders and Conditions 
Mental Health and Behaviour
Other Areas of Research 
Cellular physiology

Dr. Yu Tian Wang obtained his Ph.D. in neuroscience in 1992 from Memorial University, Canada and both B.M (Medicine) in 1982 and M.Sc. (Physiology) in 1985 from Shandong University Medical School in China. He worked in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto as an Assistant, and then Associate Professor between 1994 and 2001. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia and the holder of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon Chair in Stroke Research. He is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Scholar between 2001-2011 and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Royal Society of Canada since 2006. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for regulating the function and intracellular trafficking of neurotransmitter receptors critical for brain functions, such as learning, memory and cognition, and investigating the manner by which these mechanisms may be altered in central nervous disease processes. His goal is to be able to treat central nervous disorders such as stroke, epilepsy and drug addiction by designing new therapeutics which specifically target these receptors and their pathways.

Current Projects 

Molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission and plasticity at excitatory and inhibitory synapses in the brain.
Synaptic plasticity in brain functions and dysfunctions.
Roles of excitotoxicity in neurodegerative diseases.