Prof. Pan Wang graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing with a bachelor degree in Biological Sciences in 2005. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the U.S. in 2010. During her Ph.D. study, she received the Predoctoral fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Then she worked in the Institute of Zoology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing as an Assistant Investigator. She joins the School of Life and Health Sciences in Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) in August, 2019.


Prof. Wang's main research interest is to study the pharmacology/physiology of steroid hormones as well as toxicology of environmental compounds using a variety of approaches, such as molecular modeling, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, experimental animals, etc. She is also interested in cancer drug development drug metabolism and mechanisms of liver diseases. Prof. Wang has published more than 40 scientific papers in the world's leading pharmacology/toxicology journals.

Academic Publications

1.       Jiang L, Wang P, Sun YJ, Wu YJ (2019) Ivermectin reverses the drug resistance in cancer cells through EGFR/ERK/Akt/NF-κB pathway. J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res. 38(1):265.

2.       Wang P*, Yang M*, Jiang L, Wu YJ (2019) A fungicide miconazole ameliorates tri-o-cresyl phosphate-induced demyelination through inhibition of ErbB/Akt pathway. Neuropharmacology 148: 3139. (* Co-first author)

3.       Xu MY, Wang P, Sun YJ, Wu YJ (2019) Disruption of kidney metabolism in rats after subchronic combined exposure to low-dose cadmium and chlorpyrifos. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 32(1): 122–129.

4.       Xu HY, Wang P, Sun YJ, Xu MY, Zhu L, Wu YJ (2018) A novel mechanism of OPIDN: activation of NRG1/ErbB signaling pathway. Front. Mol. Neurosci. 11: 129.

5.       Wang P*, Xu MY*, Liang YJ*, Wang HP, Sun YJ, Long DX, Wu YJ (2017) Subchronic toxicity of low dose propoxur, permethrin and their combination on the redox status of rat liver. Chem. Biol. Interact. 272: 21–27. (* Co-first author)

6.       Wang P, Mills LH, Song JH, Yu J, Zhu BT (2017) Lack of cell proliferative and tumorigenic effects of 4-hydroxyestradiol in the anterior pituitary of rats: Role of ultra-rapid O-methylation catalyzed by pituitary membrane-bound catechol-O-methyltransferase. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 30: 1448–1462.

7.       Xu MY*, Wang P*, Sun YJ, Yang L, Wu YJ (2017) Joint toxicity of chlorpyrifos and cadmium on the oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage in neuronal cells. Food Chem. Toxicol. 103: 246–252. (* Co-first author)

8.       Wang P, Zhu BT (2017) Unique effect of 4-hydroxyestradiol and its methylation metabolites on lipid and cholesterol profiles in ovariectomized female rats. Eur. J. Pharmacol. 800:107–117.

9.       Wang P, Wang J, Sun YJ, Wu YJ (2017) Cadmium and chlorpyrifos synergistically inhibit cellular immune response in spleen of rats. Environ. Toxicol. 32: 1927–1936.

10.    Xu HY*, Wang P*, Sun YJ, Jiang L, Xu MY, Wu YJ (2017) Autophagy in tri-o-cresyl phosphate-induced delayed neurotoxicity. J. Neuropathol. Exp. Neurol. 76: 52–60. (* Co-first author)

11.    Zhou L, Zhao P, Chi Y, Wang D, Wang P, Liu N, Cai D, Wu Z, Zhong N (2017) Controlling the hydrolysis and loss of nitrogen fertilizer (urea) by using a nanocomposite favors plant growth. ChemSusChem 10: 1–3.

12.    Xu MY, Wang P, Sun YJ, Wu YJ (2017) Metabolomic analysis for combined hepatotoxicity of chlorpyrifos and cadmium in rats. Toxicology 384: 50–58.

13.    Wang P*, Dang L, Zhu BT (2016) Use of computational modeling approaches in studying the binding interactions of compounds with human estrogen receptors. Steroids 105: 26–41. (* Co-first author)

14.    Zhu L, Wang P, Sun YJ, Xu MY, Wu YJ (2016) Phospholipidomics revealed a novel mechanism of tri-o-cresyl phosphate-induced delayed neurotoxicity initiation: disturbed phospholipid homeostasis in endoplasmic reticulum. Sci. Rep. 6: 37574.

15.    Zhang H, Wang P, Zhang AJ, Li X, Zhang JH, Qin QL, Wu YJ (2016) Antioxidant activities of protein hydrolysates obtained from the housefly larvae. Acta Biol. Hung. 67: 236–246.

16.    Xu Z, Song Z, Li G, Tu H, Liu W, Liu Y, Wang P, Wang Y, Cui X, Liu C, Shang Y, de Rooij DG, Gao F, Li W. (2016) H2B ubiquitination modulates meiotic recombination by promoting chromatin relaxation. Nucleic Acids Res. 44: 9681–9697.

17.    Chen LP, Wang P, Sun YJ, Wu YJ (2016) Direct binding of abamectin to EGFR activates EGFR signaling pathway and mediates the development of penetration resistance to abamectin in Drosophila. Open Biol. 6: 150231.

18.    Jing Z*, Yin H*, Wang P, Gao J, Yuan L (2016) Centlein, a novel microtubule-associated protein stabilizing microtubules and involved in neurite formation. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 472: 360–365. (* Co-first author)

19.    Wang P, Wu YJ (2015) Applications of metabonomics in pesticide toxicology. Curr. Drug Metab. 16: 191–199.

20.    Xu MY*, Wang P*, Sun YJ*, Wang HP*, Liang YJ*, Zhu L, Wu YJ (2015) Redox status in liver of rats following subchronic exposure to the combination of low dose dichlorvos and deltamethrin. Pestic. Biochem. Physiol. 124: 60–65. (* Co-first author)

21.    Wang P*, Wang Q*, Qin QL, Wu YJ (2015) Characterization of lysophosphotidylcholine-induced changes of intracellular calcium in Drosophila S2 cells. Life Sci. 131: 57–62. (* Co-first author)

22.    Long DX, Wang P, Sun YJ, Chen R, Wu YJ (2015) Neuropathy target esterase is degraded by ubiquitin-proteasome pathway with ARA54 as ubiquitin ligase. Biochemistry 54: 7385–7392.

23.    Xu MY, Sun YJ, Wang P, Xu HY, Chen LP, Zhu L, Wu YJ (2015) Metabolomics analysis and biomarker identification for the brain of rats exposed subchronically to the mixtures of low dose cadmium and chlorpyrifos. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 28: 1216–1223.

24.    Song Z, Yu H, Wang P, Mao G, Liu W, Li M, Wang H, Shang Y, Liu C, Xu Z, Sun Q, Li W (2015) Germ cell specific Atg7 knockout results in primary ovarian insufficiency in female mice. Cell Death Diff. 6: e1589.

25.    Wang P*, Wang HP*, Xu MY*, Liang YJ*, Sun YJ, Yang L, Li L, Li W, Wu YJ (2014) Combined subchronic toxicity of dichlorvos with malathion or pirimicarb in mice liver and serum: a metabonomic study. Food Chem. Toxicol. 70: 222–230. (* Co-first author)

26.    Liu W, Shang Y, Zeng Y, Liu C, Li Y, Zhai L, Wang P, Lou J, Xu P, Ye Y, Li W. (2014) Dimeric Ube2g2 simultaneously engages donor and acceptor ubiquitins to form Lys48-linked ubiquitin chains. EMBO J. 33: 46–61.

27.    Long DX, Hu D, Wang P, Wu YJ (2014) Induction of autophagy in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells by tri-ortho-cresyl phosphate. Mol. Cell Biochem. 396: 33–40.

28.    Chen JX*, Sun YJ*, Wang P*, Wu YJ (2013) Induction of autophagy by TOCP in differentiated human neuroblastoma cells lead to degradation of cytoskeletal components and inhibition of neurite outgrowth. Toxicology 310: 92–97. (* Co-first author)

29.    Wang P, Zhu BT (2013) Usefulness of molecular modeling approach in characterizing the ligand-binding sites of proteins: Experience with human PDI, PDIp and COX. Curr. Med. Chem. 20: 3840–3854.

30.    Jiang XR*, Wang P*, Smith CL, Zhu BT (2013) Synthesis of novel estrogen receptor antagonists using metal-catalyzed coupling reactions and characterization of their biological activity. J. Med. Chem. 56: 2779–2790. (* Co-first author)

31.    Wang P, McInnes C, Zhu BT (2013) Structural characterization of the binding interactions of various endogenous estrogen metabolites with human estrogen receptor α and β subtypes: A molecular modeling study. PLoS ONE 8: e74615.

32.    Li Q, Wang P, Chen R, Li W, Wu YJ (2013) Construction of genetically engineered bacteria that degrades organophosphorus pesticide residues and can be easily detected by the fluorescence. Environ Technol 35 (5):556–561.

33.    Zhu L, Wang P, Wu YJ (2013) Protective effect of a polypeptide from larva of housefly (Musca domestica) on hydrogen peroxide induced oxidative damage in HepG2 cells. Food Chem. Toxicol. 60: 385–390.

34.    Fu X, Wang P, Fukui M, Long C, Yin L, Choi HJ, Zhu BT (2012) PDIp is a major intracellular oestrogen-storage protein that modulates tissue levels of oestrogen in the pancreas. Biochem. J. 447: 115–123.

35.    Fu X, Wang P, Zhu BT (2011) Characterization of the estradiol-binding site structure of human protein disulfide isomerase (PDI). PLoS ONE 6: e27185.

36.    Fu X, Wang P, Zhu BT (2011) Characterization of the estradiol-binding site structure of human pancreas-specific protein disulfide isomerase: Indispensable role of the hydrogen bond between His278 and the estradiol 3-hydroxyl group. Biochemistry 50: 106–115.

37.    Zhu BT, Wu KY, Wang P, Bai HW, Cai X, Conney AH (2010) Methylation of catechol estrogens by human placental catechol-O-methyltransferase: Inter-individual differences in sensitivity to heat inactivation and to inhibition by dietary polyphenols. Drug Metab. Dispos. 38: 1892–1899.

38.    Wang P*, Bai HW*, Zhu BT (2010) Structural basis for certain bioflavonids to function as reducing cosubstrates for cyclooxygenase I and II. PLoS ONE 5: e12316. (* Co-first author)

39.    Kang KS*, Wang P*, Zhu BT (2010) Strong anticancer efficacy of fish oil supplementation against human breast cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. PLoS ONE 5: e10296. (* Co-first author)

40.    Wang P, Wen Y, Han GZ, Sidhu PK, Zhu BT (2009) Characterization of the oestrogenic activity of non-aromatic steroids: Are there male-specific endogenous oestrogen receptor modulators? Brit. J. Pharmacol. 158: 1796–1807.

41.    Zhu BT, Wang P, Nagai M, Wen Y, Bai HW (2009) Inhibition of human catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT)-mediated O-methylation of catechol estrogens by major polyphenolic components present in coffee. J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol. 113: 65–74.

42.    Fu X, Wang P, Zhu BT (2008) Protein disulfide isomerase is a multifunctional regulator of estrogenic status in target cells. J. Steroid. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 112: 127–137.

43.    Bai HW, Wang P, Zhu BT (2008) Biochemical and molecular characterization of a novel human catechol-O-methyltransferase mutant with triplet point mutations. Int. J. Mol. Med. 22:769–779.

44.    Jiang XR*, Wang P*, Fu X*, Zhu BT (2008) Chemical synthesis and biochemical characterization of a biotinylated derivative of 17β-estradiol with a long side-chain covalently attached to its C-7α position. Steroids 73: 1252–1261. (* Co-first author)