Gaoyuan Cao, M.D., M.S.

Gaoyuan Cao, MD, MS

Senior Research Investigator

Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science
Child Health Institute of New Jersey
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
89 French Street       
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Fax: (732) 235-7178


Education: clinical medicine, West China University of Medical Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
M.S. in Medical Science, West China University of Medical Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Dr. Cao has more than twenty years of experience performing biomedical research and teaching with an emphasis in histology, embryology and neurobiology. Before joining the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science in 2016, Dr. Cao had previously served as a senior research investigator at the Airways Biology Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania.  Since joining he has developed a several different protocols for isolating human airway smooth muscles cells, fibroblasts and macrophages, and mouse lung blood vessels and endothelial cells. His current research interests include beta-2AR agonist and beta-2AR desensitization and their use in the treatment of asthma and the effects of the micro-environmental factors on airway smooth muscle cells contraction and relaxation in asthma.

Selected publications

  1. Koziol-White C.J., Yoo E.J., Cao G., Zhang J., Papanikolaou E., Puchkarsky I., Andrews A., Himes B., Damoiseaux RD., Liggett S., Di Carlo D., Kurten R., Panettieri R.A., Jr.:  Inhibition of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) promotes bronchodilation of human small airways in a Rho kinase-dependent manner.  Br J Pharmacol. 2016 Jun 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Li S., Koziol-White C., Jude J., Jiang M., Cao G., Yoo E., Jester W., Morley M.P., Lu M.M., Panettieri R.A., Jr., Morrisey E.E.: An epithelial-smooth muscle paracrine pathway that induces asthma through ectopic expression of neuropeptide-Y.  J. Clin. Invest., 126(5):1978-82. doi: 10.1172/JCI81389. Epub 2016 Apr 18.
  3. Gupta MK, Asosingh K, Aronica M, Comhair S, Cao G, Erzurum S, Panettieri RA Jr, Naga Prasad SV. Defective Resensitization in Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells Evokes ?-Adrenergic Receptor Dysfunction in Severe Asthma. PLoS One. 2015 May 29;10(5):e0125803. eCollection 2015.
  4. Cao G, Abraham V, DeLisser HM. Isolation of endothelial cells from mouse lung. Curr Protoc Toxicol. 2014 Aug 7;61:24.2.1-9.
  5. Koziol-White CJ, Goncharova EA, Cao G, Johnson M, Krymskaya VP, Panettieri RA Jr. DHEA-S inhibits human neutrophil and human airway smooth muscle migration. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012 Jul 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. DeLisser, H.M., Liu, Y., Desprez, P., Thor, A., Briasouli, P., Handumrongkul, C., Wilfong, J., Yount, G., Nosrati, M., Fong, S., Shtivelman, E., Fehrenbach, M., Gaoyuan Cao, Liggitt, D., Mohammed Kashani, M., and Robert Debs, R. Vascular endothelial platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1) regulates advanced metastatic progression. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 1;108(9):3821.
  7. Jingxu Zhu, Gaoyuan Cao, M L Fehrenbach, JT Williams, JM Finklestein, H M Delisser. ‘SHP-2 phosphatase activity is required for PECAM-1-dependent cell motility’. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2010 Oct;299(4):C854-65.
  8. Gaoyuan Cao, M L Fehrenbach, JT Williams, JM Finklestein, J-X Zhu, H M Delisser. Angiogenesis in Platelet Endothelial Cell Adhesion Molecule-1-Null Mice.  Am J Pathol. 175(2):903-915, 2009 Jul 2
  9. Melane Fehrenbach, Gaoyuan Cao, James Williams, Jeffery M. Finklestein, Horace M. DeLisser. Isolation of Murine Lung Endothelial Cells. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2009 Jun;296(6):L1096-103.
  10. Marian Nakada, Gaoyuan Cao, P Sassoli, H M Delisser. c7E3 Fab inhibits human tumor angiogenesis in a SCID mouse human skin xenograft model. Angiogenesis. 2006;9(4):171-6.