Gary D. Wu, MD
Year elected: 2005
Current membership category: Senior
University of Pennsylvania
915 BRB II/III, 421 Curie Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States of America
Phone: (215)898-0158
Facsimile: (215)573-2024

Biographical statement

The research programs in the Wu laboratory focus on the mutualistic interactions between the gut microbiota and the host with a particular focus on metabolism. Growing evidence suggests that diet impacts upon both the structure and function of the gut microbiota that, in turn, influences the host in fundamental ways. Current areas of investigation include the effect of diet on the composition of the gut microbiota and its subsequence effect on host metabolism related to nitrogen balance as well as its impact on metabolic pathways in the intestinal epithelium, principally fatty acid oxidation. Through a UH3 roadmap initiate grant, he is helping to direct a project investigating the impact of diet on the composition of the gut microbiome and its relationship to therapeutic responses associated with the treatment of patients with Crohn’s disease using an elemental diet. Finally, Dr. Wu is leading a multidisciplinary group of investigators using phosphorescent nanoprobe technology to examine the dynamic oxygen equilibrium between the host and the gut microbiota at the intestinal mucosal interface.

Institutional affiliations

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (Primary)
Ben Z. Stanger, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.

Specialties

Gastroenterology
Internal Medicine