Taosheng Huang, MD, PhD

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-9260

Email taosheng.huang@cchmc.org

Human genetics; mitochondrial diseases.

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Taosheng Huang, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist with substantial experience in translation research, particularly in mitochondrial medicine. After obtaining his MD, PhD, Dr. Huang did his pediatrics residency at Georgetown University Hospital 1993 to 1996. He completed his clinical genetics and clinical molecular genetics fellowship at Harvard Medical School and became a junior faculty member at the Children’s Hospital at Harvard from 1999. Dr. Huang is board-certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics and clinical molecular genetics. Dr. Huang moved to UC Irvine in 2001 and became a independent investigator. 

The primary interest of his lab is in translation research, such as the genetic basis of optic atrophy and other mitochondrial diseases. Dr. Huang has published over 50 articles on a variety of topics that range from genetic syndromes to molecular mechanisms with experience and spectrum of interests. Recently, he has been working on mitochondria-related optic atrophy and the molecular basis of other mitochondria disease. He served as the director for the MitoMed Molecular Diagnostics Lab at UC Irvine for 8 years. The laboratory is CLIA-certified and mainly engaged in the study of molecular basis of mitochondria disease. The mutation of mitochondrial genome causes many human conditions, including cancer, diabetes and degenerative neurological disorders. Recently, Dr. Huang moved to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to direct the program of mitochondrial medicine. The goal of the program is to integrate the research, molecular testing and clinical service to improve the care of patients with mitochondrial disease.

PhD: Biomedical Science, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, 1991.         

MS: Biochemistry, The Third Military Medical College, Chongqing, China, 1986.

MD: (Passed US Medical Board Exam step I, Step II and Step III), Fujian Medical College, Fuzhou, Fujian, China, 1983.

Research Fellowship: Seidman Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, Dec 1997-Jul 1999.

Clinical Fellowship: Clinical Genetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, Jul 1996-Jul 1999.

Residency: Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical School, Children’s Medical Center, Washington, DC, Jul 1993-Jul 1996.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Jerome H. Holland Laboratory, American Red Cross, Rockville, Maryland, Dec 1991-Jul 1993.

Simon M, Richard EM, Wang X, Shahzad M, Huang VH, Qaiser TA, Potluri P, Mahl SE, Davila A, Nazli S, Hancock S, Yu M, Gargus J, Chang R, Al-Sheqaih N, Newman WG, Abdenur J, Starr A, Hegde R, Dorn T, Busch A, Park E, Wu J, Schwenzer H, Flierl A, Florentz C, Sissler M, Khan SN, Li R, Guan MX, Friedman TB, Wu DK, Procaccio V, Riazuddin S, Wallace DC, Ahmed ZM, Huang T, Riazuddin S. Mutations of human NARS2, encoding the mitochondrial asparaginyl-tRNA synthetase, cause nonsyndromic deafness and Leigh syndrome. PLoS Genet. 2015 Mar 25;11(3):e1005097.

Abrams AJ, Hufnagel RB, Rebelo A, Zanna C, Patel N, Gonzalez M, Campeanu J, Griffin L, Groenewald S, Strickland A, Tao F, Speziani F, Caporali L, Ahmed ZM, Sund KL, Wang X, Krueger LA, Peng Y, Prada CE, Prows CA, Schorry EK, Antonellis A, Zimmerman HH, Abdul-Rahman OA, Yang Y, Downes S, Prince J, Nemeth A, Carelli V, Huang T*, Zuchner S*, Dallman J*. Mutations in the UGO1-like protein SLC25A46 cause an optic atrophy spectrum disorder. Nature Genetics. 2015. * corresponding authors.

Ma H, Folmes CDL, Morey R, Ahmed R, Poulton J, Wang X, Huang T, Laurent LC, Terzic A, Amato P, Wolf DP, Mitalipov S. Genetic Correction and Metabolic Rescue of Pluripotent Cells from Patients with mtDNA Disease. Nature. 2015.

Hufnagel RB, Arno G, Hein ND, Hersheson J, Prasad M, Anderson Y, Krueger LA, Gregory LC, Stoetzel C, Jaworek TJ, Hull S, Li A, Plagnol V, Willen CM, Morgan TM, Prows CA, Hegde RS, Riazuddin S, Grabowski GA, Richardson RJ, Dieterich K, Huang T, Revesv T, Martinez-Barbera JP, Sisk RA, Jefferies C, Houlden H, Dattani MT, Fink JK, Dollfus H, Moore AT, Ahmed ZM. Neuropathy Target Esterase impairments result in a diverse spectrum of childhood and adult neurodegenerative disorders. Journal of Medical Genetics. 2015;52:85-94.

Riazifar H, Sun G, Wang X, Rupp A, Vemaraju S, Ross-Cisneros FN, Lang RA, Sadun AA, Hattar S, Guan M, Huang T. Phenotypic and Functional Characterization of Bst+/- Mouse Retina. Disease Model and Mechanisms. 2015.

Jiang P, Liang M, Liu X, Zhang M, Fu Q, Zhang S, Gao M, Zhang Z, Zhao F, Ji Y, Zhang J, Tong Y, Sun Y, Zhou X, Huang T, Qu J, Guan M. Mitochondrial ND4 mutations in 1281 Han Chinese subjects with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy. IOVS. 2015.

Barber JCK, Rosenfeld JA, Graham Jr JM, Kramer N, Lachlan K, Bateman MS, Collinson MN, Stadheim BF, Turner CLS, Stevens AK, Delk P, Weaver DD, Gauthier JN, Reimschisel TE, Qureshi AM, Dabir TA, Humphries MV, Marble M, Huang T, Beal SJ, Massiah J, Taylor EJ, Wynn S. Inside the 8p23.1 duplication syndrome; nine microduplications of likely or uncertain clinical significance. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 2015.

Kwong JQ, Davis J, Baines CP, Sargent MA, Karch J, Wang X, Huang T, Molkentin JD. Molkentin Genetic deletion of the mitochondrial phosphate carrier desensitizes the mitochondrial permeability transition pore and causes cardiomyopathy. Cell Death Differ. 2014 Aug;21(8):1209-17.

Gong S, Peng Y, Jiang P, Wang M, Fan M, Wang X, Zhou H, Li H, Yan Q, Huang T, Guan MX. A deafness-associated tRNAHis mutation alters the mitochondrial function, ROS production and membrane potential. Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Jul;42(12):8039-48.

Yang L, Tan Z, Xue L, Guan M, Huang T, Li R. Species identification by analyses of mitochondrial rRNA genes. Scientific Reports. 2014.