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YQi Wang, Ph.D.

Qi Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Office:Bioengineering Building BEB408
Address: 68 President St. Charleston SC 29425
Phone: (843) 876-2214
Fax: (843) 792-0368


B.Sc., 1995, FuDan University, China
M.Phil., 2001, Harbin Medical University, China
Ph.D., 2004, Harbin Medical University, China
Postdoc., Moffitt Cancer Center 2005-2007; Dana Farber Cancer Institute 2007-2013


Loss of PTEN (Phosphatase and tensin homolog) tumor suppressor represents one of the most frequent alterations in diverse types of human cancers that contributes to pathogenesis and affects clinical outcome. My research focuses on developing and utilizing genetically engineered mouse models to investigate how loss of PTEN influences tissue homeostasis in skin and breast tissues, leading to PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS) which is characterized by cellular outgrowth, benign hamartomas and predisposition to malignant cancers, especially breast cancer. These models enable both genetic and pharmacological studies to identify novel therapeutic strategy.


2014-2019 Start-up fund, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.


  1. Schmit F, Utermark T, Zhang S, Wang Q, Von T, Roberts T.M and Zhao J. PI3K isoform dependence of PTEN-deficient tumors can be altered by the genetic context. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2014 Apr 29;111(17):6395-400
  2. Wang Q, Weisberg E, Zhao JJ. The gene dosage of class Ia PI3K dictates the development of PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome. Cell Cycle. 2013 Dec 1;12(23):3589-93.
  3. Gruber Filbin M, Dabral SK, Pazyra-Murphy MF, Ramkissoon S, Kung AL, Pak E, Chung J, Theisen MA, Sun Y, Franchetti Y, Shulman DS, Redjal N, Tabak B, beroukhim R, Wang Q, Zhao J, Dorsch M, Buonamici S, Ligon KL, Kelleher JF, Segal RA. Coodinate activation of Shh and PI3K signaling in PTEN-deficient glioblastoma: new therapeutic opportunities. Nat Med 2013 Nov;19(11)1518-23
  4. Wang Q, Von T, Bronson R, Ruan M, Mu W, Huang A, Maira SM, Zhao JJ. Spatially distinct roles of class Ia PI3K isoforms in the development and maintenance of PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome. Genes Dev. 2013 Jul 15;27(14):1568-80.
  5. Utemark T, Rao T, Cheng H, Wang Q, Lee SH, Wang ZC, Iglehar JD, Roberts TM, Muller WJ, Zhao JJ. The p110a and p110ß isoforms of PI3K play divergent roles in mammary gland development and tumorigenesis. Genes Dev. 2012 Jul 15;26(14):1573-86
  6. Li Y, Zhang Q, Tian R, Wang Q, Zhao JJ, Iglehart JD, Wang ZC, Richardson AL. Lysosomal transmembrane protein LAPTM4B promotes autophagy and tolerance to metabolic stress in cancer cells. Cancer Res. 2011;71:7481-9.
  7. Cheng GZ, Zhang WZ, Sun M, Wang Q, Coppola D, Mansour M, Xu LM, Costanzo C, Cheng JQ, Wang LH. Twist is transcriptionally induced by activation of STAT3 and mediates STAT3 oncogenic function. J Biol Chem 2008;283:14665-73.
  8. Zheng GZ, Chan J, Wang Q, Zhang W, Sun CD, Wang LH. TWIST transcriptionally upregulates AKT2 in breast cancer cells leading to increased migration, invasion and resistance to Paclitaxel. Cancer Res 2007;67:1979-87.
  9. *Zhang X, *Wang Q, Ling MT, Wong YC, Leung SCL, Tsao SW, Wang X. Anti-apoptotic role of TWIST and its association with AKT pathway in mediating Taxol resistance in nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells. Int J Cancer 2007;120:1891-8.*These authors contributed equally to the work
  10. Zhang X, Ling MT, Wang Q, Lau CK, Leung SC, Lee TK, Cheung AL, Wong YC, Wang X. Identification of a novel inhibitor of differentiation-1 (ID-1) binding partner, caveolin-1, and its role in epithelial-mesenchymal transition and resistance to apoptosis in prostate cancer cells. J Biol Chem 2007; 282:33284-94.
  11. Wang Q, Tsao SW, Nicholls JM, Ooka T, Cheung HW, Fu S, Wong YC and Wang X. Anti-apoptotic role of Barf1 in gastric cancer cells. Cancer Letter 2006;238:90-103.
  12. Cheung HW, Chun AC, Wang Q, Deng W, Hu L, Guan XY, Nicholls JM, Ling MT, Wong YC, Tsao SW, Jin DY, Wang X. Inactivation of human MAD2B in nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells leads to chemosensitization to DNA damaging agents. Cancer Res 2006;66:4357-67.
  13. Wang Q, Tsao SW, Fu S, Xue W, Meng X, Feng H, Wong YC and Wang X. Overexpression of Id-1 in gastric adenocarcinoma: implication for a novel diagnostic marker. Anticancer Research 2004;24:881-6.
  14. Li HM, Zhuang ZH, Wang Q, Pang JC, Wang X, Wong HL, Feng H, Jin DY, Ling MT, Wong YC, Eliopoulos AG, Young LS, Huang DP, Tsao SW. Epstein-Barr virus latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) upregulates Id1 expression in nasopharyngeal epithelial cells. Oncogene 2004;23:4488-94.

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