Junxiang Wan, MD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Gerontology

Director of the Aging Research Biomarker Core

Expertise: Age-related diseases, Mitochondria, Longevity


  • Postdoctoral Training, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 2002
  • PhD, Fudan University. Shanghai, China, 1997
  • MD, Nanjing Railway Medical College, Naijing, China, 1991


Junxiang Wan, MD, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor and director of the Aging Biomarker and Service Core at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Wan has extensive training in molecular biology, cell biology and immunology. She is an expert in the field of novel assay development, and has extensive experience in academic research work. Wan has mastered novel ELISA assays for the entire human and murine IGF/IGFBP system, has developed numerous IGFs and is involved in the Cohen lab’s discovery of a novel family of mitochondrial-derived peptides (MDPs), including humanin, SHLPs and MOTS-c that signal to regulate cellular metabolism and survival.

The Aging Biomarker and Service Core services include the following:

  1. cytokines measurement
  2. Alzheimer-related markers (Amyloid beta, phospho-tau) measurement
  3. hormones measurement including GH, human and mouse IGF-I& IGFBPs, etc.
  4. metabolic biomarkers measurement including insulin, leptin and adiponectin
  5. mitochondrial derived peptides (MDPs) measurement including humanin and the other novel MDPs
  6. new assay development

Email: junxianw@usc.edu

Office Location: GER B1B

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