Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Meng Wang

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Meng Wang is a graduate student in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) studying neurotoxic astrogliosis under the mentorship of Naomi Sayre, Ph.D. For her research, Meng is studying the role of LRP1 in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration, with a particular focus on how astrocyte-LRP1 modulates neurotoxic astrogliosis after traumatic brain injuries. For her clinical specialty, Meng is considering pursuing ophthalmology or neurology.

About Me

I grew up in China and moved to Houston, Texas with my family at 17. At the University of Houston, I found my passion for research while working as a research assistant. After graduation, I continued working as a research assistant at Baylor College of Medicine before joining the STX-MSTP.


Fitness, traveling, music

Research Topic

Modulation of neurotoxic astrogliosis by LRP1 after traumatic brain injuries

Why I chose MD/PhD

I've always wanted to be a physician, but my passion for research ignited when I started working as a research assistant during college. After a few years of research, I concluded that the MD/PhD path was the ideal route for my career aspirations.

Why I chose MD/PhD at UT Health San Antonio

The thing that UT Health San Antonio attracted me most was how incredibly friendly and helpful everyone was when I was interviewing here. Being comfortable in this environment was one of the deciding factors for me.

Post-bac work or other affiliations

Research Assistant at Baylor College of Medicine

Research Assistant at the University of Houston


B.S., Biology, University of Houston, 2017


Chowdhury, B., Wang, M., Gnerer, J. P., & Dierick, H. A. (2021). The Divider Assay is a high-throughput pipeline for aggression analysis in Drosophila. Communications biology, 4(1), 85.