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.

Taosheng Huang. The Molecular Mechanisms of OPA1-Mediated Optic Atrophy in Drosophila Model and Prospects for Antioxidant Treatment. PLoS Genetics. 2008 Jan;4(1):e6.

Will Yarosh*, Tomasa Barrientos*, Taraneh Esmailpour, Limin Lin, Philip M. Carpenter, Kathryn Osann, Hoda Anton-Culver, Taosheng Huang. TBX3 is overexpressed in breast cancer and represses p14ARF by interacting with HDACs. Cancer Research. 2008;68:693-699  *These authors contribute equally

Sha Tang, Stephanie Tse, Phung Khanh Le, Kimberly Nguyen, Douglas C. Wallace, Taosheng Huang. Heterozygous Mutation of Opa1 in Drosophila Shorten Lifespan Mediated through Increased Reactive Oxygen Species Production. PLoS One, 4(2):e4492.

Parvin Shojaeian, Hung-Tat Leung, Karen Ocorr, Rolf Bodmer, William L. Pak, Stephanie Tse, Phung Khanh Le, Kimberly Nguyen, Taosheng Huang. Heterozygous mutation of Drosophila Opa1 causes the development of multiple organ abnormalities in an age-dependent and organ-specific manner. PLoS One. 2009;4(8):e6867.

Taosheng Huang, Rosamaria Santarelli, Arnold Starr. Cochlear potentials accompanying R445H mutation of OPA1 gene in patients with both optic and auditory neuropathies. Brain Research. 2009;1300:97-104

Jing Liu, Taraneh Esmailpour, Xiying Shang, Gultekin Gulsen, Andy Liu, Taosheng Huang. TBX3 overexpression in an inducible transgenic mouse model causes hyperplasia of the mammary glands and increased mammary stem cells. BMC Dev Biol. 2011;11:65.

Fuyun Ji, Mark S. Sharpley, Olga Derbenev, Leonardo Scherer Alves,  Pin Qian, Yaoli Wang,Dimitra Chalkiab, Maria Lvov, Jiancheng Xu, Wei Yao, Mariella Simon, Julia Platt, Shiqin Xu, Alessia Angelinb, Antonio Davil, Taosheng Huang, Ping H. Wang, Lee-Ming Chuang, Lorna G. Moore, Guisheng Qian, Douglas C. Wallace. Mitochondrial DNA variant associated with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy and high-altitude Tibetans. PNAS. 2012;109(19):7391-6

Chengkang Zhang, Vincent H. Huang, Mariella Simon, Lokendra K. Sharma, Weiwei Fan, Richard Haas, Douglas C. Wallace, Yidong Bai, Taosheng Huang. Heteroplasmic Mutations of the Mitochondrial Genome Cause Paradox Effects on Mitochondrial Functions. FASEB Journal. 2012.

Taraneh Esmailpour, Taosheng Huang. TBX3 promotes human embryonic stem cell proliferation and neuroectoderm differentiation in a differentiation stage-dependent manner. Stem Cell. 2012.