University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Guangping Gao received his Bachelor Degree in Medicine from the West China Medical School of Sichuan University. Dr. Gao completed his Ph.D. training in molecular genetics at Florida International University with his work involving the isolation and characterization of the human aspartoacylase gene and the genetic mutations responsible for Canavan disease, a severe form of inherited neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Gao’s primary research interests include molecular mechanisms of AAV evolution and diversity, molecular interactions between endogenous AAV, vector and host, molecular and cellular mechanisms of AAV vector transduction, microRNA functional genomics in adult mammals and miRNA therapeutics, gene therapy of rare diseases, particularly rare CNS disorders using rAAV to cross BBB for global CNS gene transfer, and viral vector based other somatic gene therapy approaches (.e.g. gene silencing, gene addition and genome editing, etc).