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Chih-Wen Ni

Title: 
Assistant Professor
Phone: 
(209) 228-4308

Research Interests: 

My research interests focus on the effects of mechanical force on cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The ultimate goal is to understand critical mechanisms, which cause CVD and subsequently could help to identify essential genes that will serve as major targets for drug discovery. Currently, I am utilizing zebrafish as an animal model to screen vascular deficits associated with specific genes, and trying to provide insights into the vascular development, remodeling and angiogenesis controlled by mechanical forces in zebrafish. In addition, I am also interested in the development new tools for gene therapy, which initially utilized zebrafish embryos as a platform for efficacy testing in vivo.

At UC Merced, I offer courses with Bioengineering program which relate to my research filed in genetic engineering. I am also active engaged in AHA scientific meeting as abstract reviewers in several sections including angiogenesis and vascular biology.

Primary Research Interest: 
Biomolecular Research