Principal Investigator

Lai Wen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Office Location

Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM)

Room 207D


Phone: (775) 682-8288



Lai received his Ph.D. training with Dr. Robert Feil at the University of Tubingen and postdoctoral training with Dr. Klaus Ley at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. In September 2022, he joined the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where he now leads a lab that focuses on leukocyte adhesion in cardiovascular inflammation. 


Education and Training

2017-2022 Postdoctoral fellow/Instructor, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, San Diego, CA, USA

2014-2017 Postdoctoral fellow, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

2009-2014 Ph.D. (summa cum laude), University of Tübingen, Germany

Awards and Honors

2022 American Heart Association (AHA) Career Development Award

2022 American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Trainee Abstract Award

2020 American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Trainee Poster Award

2019        American Heart Association (AHA) Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015       Young Investigator Award, 7th International Conference on cGMP, Trier, Germany

2015       Travel Grant, Boheringer Ingelheim Fonds, Germany

2014       Rudolf-Buchheim-Award, German Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

2014       Doctoral degree awarded with the mark of “summa cum laude

2013       Poster Award, 6th International Conference on cGMP, Erfurt, Germany

2009       Travel Grant, Boheringer Ingelheim Fonds, Germany

Team members

Serena Lee

CMPP Graduate student

Gulinare Halimu

Research Assistant

Grant Yu

Biochemistry undergraduate student

Rithika Uppu

Microbiology undergraduate student

William Le

Biochemistry undergraduate student