Gary WU

Gary WU

Biography

Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology
Director
Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases
USA

Dr. Wu is the Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he the Director of the NIH P30 Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease. He was the inaugural Director and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Gastroenterological Association Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education and is an elected member of both the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He also the co-Director of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program, a campus-wide initiative to accelerate research in the microbiome across the entire university campus. The current research programs in the Wu laboratory focuses on the mutualistic interactions between the gut microbiota and the host with a particular focus on metabolism. Growing evidence suggests that diet impacts upon both the structure and function of the gut microbiota that, in turn, influences the host in fundamental ways. In 2018, Dr. Wu was appointed as Founding Director of the Penn Center for Nutritional Sciences and Medicine (PenNSAM), a joint collaboration between the Penn School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. PenNSAM focuses on integrating human clinical metadata, traditional dietary assessments, and nutritional biomarkers with the latest high throughput molecular profiling technologies together with advanced biostatistical and computational tools in a transformational approach to improve human health and ameliorate disease through diet and nutrition. As a physician-scientist with knowledge of human physiology and biochemistry who has a particular interest in the impact of diet on the gut microbiome and its metabolome, Dr. Wu has a significant level of administrative experience in multidisciplinary team research projects involving biomedical informatics, computational biology, and biostatistics.