Dr. Bai received his B.S. in Biology (1997) from East China Normal University; his M.S. in Aquatic Biology from Shanghai Ocean University (2000); and his Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Kentucky (2009), where his mentor was Dr. Subba Reddy Palli. He was a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Marc Tatar at Brown University (2009-2015). Dr. Bai joined the faculty of Iowa State University, Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology in January 2016, as a tenure-eligible assistant professor.
The Bai lab is interested in one of the most fascinating, yet poorly understood phenomena in biology: How animals age? By elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of aging and uncovering the secret of Fountain of Youth, we hope that we can find ways to prevent age-associated diseases and prolong the healthspan of global aging population. Drosophila Genetics, Genomics, Behavior and Imaging Analysis are frequently used in our lab to tackle a variety of aging-related questions.
Currently we are focusing on three main research areas. Please check out the lab website for more details and updates (https://faculty.sites.iastate.edu/hbai/).
- Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Aging.
- Organ Communication via Systemic Signals.
- Peroxisome and Inter-Organelle Communication.
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