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John Qiang Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Departments of Anesthesiology & Biomedical Sciences Work M3-225 Work Phone: (816) 235-1907

Westport Anesthesia / Missouri Endowed Chair for Research

  • M.D. Degree: Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China
  • MS Degree: Tongi Medical University, Wuhan, China
  • Ph.D, Degree: Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai China
  • Fellowship: Beijing Medical University, Beijing China
  • Fellowship: Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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John Q. Wang is a Westport Anesthesia/Missouri Endowed Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology and a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Basic Medical Science at UMKC School of Medicine since 2004. He earned his medical degree in Tongji Medical University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Shanghai Medical University in 1988. Dr. Wang’s research primarily focuses on drug abuse and addiction. He currently leads a research team supported by NIH grants to conduct animal experiments from molecule to behavior and from in vitro to in vivo. In addition, Dr. Wang is interested in elucidating molecular mechanisms for anesthesia induction.



NIH R01, DA10355, PI: Qiang Wang, Metabotropic glutamate regulation of amphetamine action, $1,698,750.00, 2013-2018.

NIH R01, MH61469, PI: Qiang Wang, Molecular regulation of metabotropic glutamate receptors in striatal neurons, $1,887,500.00, 2015-2020.


Selected Publications

Yang JH, Mao LM, Choe ES, Wang JQ (2017) Synaptic ERK2 phosphorylates and regulates metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 in vitro and in neurons. Mol Neurobiol in press. PMC5410195.

Xue B, Chen EC, He N, Jin DZ, Mao LM, Wang JQ (2017) Integrated regulation of AMPA glutamate receptor phosphorylation in the striatum by dopamine and acetylcholine. Neuropharmacology 112:57-65. PMC5055431.

Mao LM, Wang JQ (2017) Antagonism of dopamine D2 receptors alters phosphorylation of Fyn in the rat medial prefrontal cortex. J Mol Neurosci 61:524-530. PMC5360503.

Mao LM, Wang HH, Wang JQ (2017) Antagonism of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors alters synaptic ERK phosphorylation in the rat forebrain. Neurochem Res42:1202-1210. PMC5405859.

Mao LM, Geosling R, Penman B, Wang JQ (2017) Local substrates of non-receptor tyrosine kinases at synaptic sites in neurons. Acta Physiologica Sinica in press.



Faris HJ, He N, Wang JQ. Regulation of Src family kinases in the rat striatum by muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. Great Plains Honors Council Conference, Beaumont, TX, March 31-April 2, 2017.

Faris HJ, Mao LM, Wang JQ. Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors inhibit Src family kinase phosphorylation in the rat striatum. Health Sciences Student Research Summit. University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, April 26, 2017.