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Minyan Wang joined at XJTLU at Department of Biological Sciences in 2011. She is currently Professor, Director of Centre for Neuroscience jointly founded by Wangwenli Charitable Foundation and XJTLU; She holds an honorary staff position at the University of Liverpool and is PhD supervisor at the Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK. Prior to her position at XJTLU, she held a lecturer position at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, UK between 2008-2011, after the two postdoctoral training at University of Newcastle and University of Bradford, UK, During 2004-2008. She was awarded of PhD in Neuropharmacology in 2004 at University of Bradford, UK, and obtained 1st degree in Pharmacy in 1988 and MSc in Pharmacology in 1997 at Hebei Medical University. She has rich experience in curriculum design and development in Higher Education and holds an MA degree in teaching an learning in Higher Education, UK. Her research projects focus on molecular mechanisms of migraine pain and drug target identification. 

Research interests

Much of Professor Wang’s work has been in migraine research, but also conducted evaluation of pharmaceutical drugs for treating epilepsy, ischemia, and diabetes. Over the past 2 decades, she has dedicated her career to pioneering research in migraine pathogenesis. Her lab applies neurobiology approach, microdialysis, intrinsic optical imaging, electrophysiology and laser Doppler flowmetry to accurately simulate migraine aura and its pathophysiological events on ex vivo retina and mouse brain slices as well as in vivo rodents. Leading many projects with international collaborations, her work has advanced the understanding of the signaling pathways involved in the pathogenesis of migraines, serving as a foundation for drug target identification. These include researching membrane receptors, calcitonin gene-related Peptide (CGRP), stress-sensing cation channel TRPA1 and intracellular kinases involved in central and trigeminovascular system sensitization. The findings addressed how these signals sensitize the CNS and trigeminal nerve to trigger migraine. She has enriched academic literature with over 35 scholarly papers and book chapters.

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Professor Wang cordially invite passionate Ph.D. candidates with an interest in neuroscience to apply for our projects.


Lecturer/Associate Professor/Senior Associate Professor/Professor, XJTLU, 2011 to 2022

Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire - 2008 to 2010

Senior Pharmacologist and ICT-China project manager, Institute of Cancer Therapeutics , University of Bradford - 2006 to 2008

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Newcastle - 2004 to 2006

Visiting Scientist, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham - 2000 to 2000

Pharmacologist/Senior Pharmacologist/Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacology, Hebei Medicine Control Institute, a subsector of SFDA - 1988 to 2000


Modules taught at XJTLU: Cellular and Molecular Biology; Experimental Design and Analysis; Biochemical Methods and Analysis; Cell Structure and Function; Molecular Biology Principle; Molecular and Cell Biology Techniques; Advanced Biochemical Methods; Final Year Project.

Modules taught in the UK University: Introduction to Biochemistry; Cellular and Biochemical Basis of Pharmacology; Investigation of Diseases; System Pharmacology; CNS, Pain and Cancer Therapy; Cancer Biology

Courses at XJTLU: Biological Sciences (UG); Bioinformatics (UG): Molecular Bioscience (MRes)

Courses in the UK university: Pharmacy(UG); Biomedical Sciences (UG); Cancer Biology (MRes)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. , Neuropharmacology, University of Bradford, UK - 2004

M.Sc. , Pharmacology, Hebei Medical University, China - 1997

B.Sc. , Pharmacy, Hebei Medical University, China - 1988

M.A. , Teaching and learning in higher education, University of Central Lancashire, UK- 2012

Person Types

  • Staff


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