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Mike Tzuhen Wei
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology
BioDr. Wei was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. He went to Stanford for his undergraduate studies in Biology and earned his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College. Unable to stay far from the Bay Area, he returned to Stanford where he completed his residency in internal medicine and subsequently his fellowship in gastroenterology. Dr. Wei has specific interests in colorectal cancer and Barrett’s esophagus surveillance as well as reflux diagnosis and management. He has an interest in endoscopic resection of large polyps and had received training under Dr. Shai Friedland, a world expert in this field. Dr. Wei work focuses on evaluating new tools, technologies and techniques in gastrointestinal cancer surveillance and management. He has been involved in running several trials in endoscopic management of polyps and evaluating artificial intelligence applications in gastroenterology. His work has been published in American Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Clinical Endoscopy, VideoGIE, and Digestive Diseases and Sciences. He was formerly an Associate Editor for the ACG Case Report Journal (2020-2022) and was on the Board of the Northern California Society of Clinical Gastroenterology. When not in clinic or in endoscopy, Dr. Wei enjoys spending time with his family. He and his family enjoy traveling and exploring new restaurants.
Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)On Partial Leave from 10/16/2023 To 04/15/2024
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Weinacker's research interests center around ICU outcomes. Her specific interests include primary graft dysfunction in lung transplant recipients.
Alexa Rachel Weingarden
Clinical Instructor, Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology
BioAB in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Biology, Harvard College, 2008
PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Minnesota, 2015
MD, University of Minnesota, 2017
Internal Medicine Residency, Stanford, 2017-2019
Gastroenterology Fellowship, Stanford, 2019 - Present
Clinical Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsWomen's Health
Mind Body Medicine
Chronic Disease Management
Chad S. Weldy, M.D., Ph.D.
Instructor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsAs a physician-scientist in the lab of Dr. Quertermous I work to understand the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease and the transcriptional and epigenomic mechanisms of atherosclerosis. My work is focused across four main areas of cardiovascular genetics and mechanisms of coronary artery disease and smooth muscle biology:
1.Vascular smooth muscle specific ADAR1 mediated RNA editing of double stranded RNA and activation of the double stranded RNA receptor MDA5
2.Defining on single cell resolution the cellular and epigenomic features of human vascular disease across vascular beds of differing embryonic origin
3.CRISPRi screening with targeted perturb seq (TAPseq) to identify novel CAD genes in human coronary artery smooth muscle cells
4.Investigation of the epigenetic and molecular basis of coronary artery disease and smooth muscle cell transition in mice with conditional smooth muscle genetic deletion of CAD genes Pdgfd and Sox9
My work with Dr. Quertermous is focused on discovery of causal mechanisms of disease through leveraging human genetics with sophisticated molecular biology, single cell sequencing technologies, and mouse models of disease. This work attempts to apply multiple scientific research arms to ultimately lead to novel understandings of vascular disease and discover important new therapeutic approaches for drug discovery.
Grant funding received for this work:
Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)(NIH/NHLBI, 1 K08 HL167699-01), Submitted June, 2022. PI: Weldy, Chad
•Title of proposal: “ADAR Mediated RNA editing is a causal mechanism in coronary artery disease”.
•Pending 08/01/2023 Start date
•$850,000 over 5 years
Career Development Award, American Heart Association (AHA CDA)(23CDA1042900), July, 2023 – June, 2026. PI: Weldy, Chad
•Title of proposal: “Linking RNA editing to coronary artery calcification and disease”
•Activation on 07/01/2023
•$231,000 over three years
NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award (NIH/NHLBI) Renewal Award, July, 2023. PI: Weldy, Chad
•Title of proposal: “RNA editing is a causal mechanism of coronary artery disease”
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) (NIH/NHLBI, 1 F32 HL160067-01), July, 2021. PI: Weldy, Chad
• Titled, “A transcriptional network which governs smooth muscle transition is mediated by causal coronary artery disease gene PDGFD”
•*Received perfect score with impact score 10, 1st percentile
NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award (NIH/NHLBI), July, 2021. PI: Weldy, Chad
•Title of proposal: "Single cell transcriptomic and epigenomic features of human atherosclerosis".
•This will award up to $100,000 towards student loans over the next 24 months with opportunity for renewal after 24 months.
Kirsti Weng Elder MD/MPH
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health
BioDr. Weng is the Section Chief of General Primary Care. She has over 25 years of experience caring for patients in primary care, urgent care and in the hospital. She is also a teacher of students and residents. As a leader in primary care re-design, she is passionate about practicing patient-centered medicine. She is a an advocate of Mindfulness Self-compassion to develop equanimity. She practices with an emphasis on musculoskeletal care as she feels fitness is the foundation of wellness. She is a leader in organizational change and physician management. She supports community health and care for the underserved. Outside of work she enjoys biking, reading and spending time with her 8 children.
Wen-Kai Weng, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy) and, by courtesy, of Dermatology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research interest is on immunotherapy (including allogeneic transplant) of cancer. I have studies the mechanism of monoclonal antibody therapy in lymphoma patients and am currently working on designing new strategy to enhance the clinical efficacy of antibody therapy by infusing expanded NK cells. I am also interested in using tumor vaccine along with hematopoietic cell transplant.
Professor of Medicine (Immunology and Rheumatology), Emerita
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsAutoimmunity
Chronic inflammatory disease
Metabolic control of immune function
Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsTranslational research in rare and undiagnosed diseases. Basic and clinical research in cardiomyopathy genetics, mechanisms, screening, and treatment. Investigating novel agents for treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and new mechanisms in heart failure. Cardiovascular screening and genetics in competitive athletes, disease gene discovery in cardiomyopathy and rare disease. Informatics approaches to rare disease and multiomics. Molecular transducers of physical activity bioinformatics.