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Hua Bai

Hua Bai

  • Associate Professor

Contact Info

3260 Molecular Biology Building
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  • B.S., East China Normal University. 1997
  • M.S., Shanghai Ocean University, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2009
  • Postdoc, Brown University, 2009-2015

More Information

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.

Research Description

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 (

  1. Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Aging.
  2. Organ Communication via Systemic Signals.
  3. Peroxisome and Inter-Organelle Communication.


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