Jinxi Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Harrington Distinguished Professor
Director, Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics
Department of Orthopedic Surgery

M.D., Suzhou Medical College, Suzhou, P.R. China, 1987
Ph.D., Suzhou Medical College and Loma Linda University, 1991
Postdoctoral, Harvard University Medical School, 1992-1996


My major research interests are to study the regulatory mechanisms by which multipotent mesenchymal stem cells differentiate into osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) or chondrocytes (cartilage-forming cells) and investigate the roles of specific signaling pathways in skeletal diseases and bone/cartilage regeneration. Currently, research in my laboratory is focused on the following areas: (1) regulatory mechanisms of osteoblast differentiation and bone regeneration, (2) molecular regulation of chondrocyte differentiation/function and articular cartilage regeneration, and (3) pathogenic mechanisms and novel therapeutics for osteoarthritis.

Selected Publications

  1. Birt MC, Anderson DW, Toby EB, Wang J. Osteomyelitis: Recent advances in pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies. J Orthop 2017; 14:45-52. PMID: 27822001. PMCID: PMC5090239. abstract full text
  2. Feng Y, Egan B, Wang J. Genetic factors in intervertebral disc degeneration. Genes and Diseases 2016; 3:178-185. PMID: 27617275. PMCID: PMC5016799. abstract full text
  3. Zhang M, Lu Q, Egan B, Zhong XB, Brandt K, Wang J. Epigenetically mediated spontaneous reduction of NFAT1 expression causes imbalanced metabolic activities of articular chondrocytes in aged mice. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage 2016; 24:1274-83. PMID: 26903200. PMCID: PMC4907852. abstract full text
  4. Zhang M, Lu Q, Miller AH, Barnthouse NC, Wang J. Dynamic epigenetic mechanisms regulate age-dependent SOX9 expression in mouse articular cartilage. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 2016; 72:125-34. PMID: 26806292. PMCID: PMC4762732. abstract full text
  5. Zhang M, Egan B, Wang J. Epigenetic mechanisms underlying the aberrant catabolic and anabolic activities of osteoarthritic chondrocytes. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 2015; 67:101-109. PMID: 25975825. PMCID: PMC4564332. abstract full text
  6. Zhang M, Wang J. Epigenetics and osteoarthritis. Genes & Diseases 2015; 2:69-75. PMID: 25961070. PMCID: PMC4421878. abstract full text
  7. Caldwell KL, Wang J. Cell-based articular cartilage repair: the link between development and regeneration. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage 2015; 23:351-62. PMID: 25450846. PMCID: PMC4339504 abstract full text
  8. Blalock D, Miller A, Tilley M, Wang J. Joint instability and osteoarthritis. Clin Med Insights: Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord 2015; 8:15-23. PMID: 25741184. PMCID: PMC4337591 abstract full text
  9. Kruger TE, Miller AH, Godwin A, Wang J. Bone sialoprotein and osteopontin in bone metastasis of osteotropic cancers. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 2014; 89:330-41. PMID: 24071501. PMCID: PMC3946954 abstract full text
  10. Kruger TE, Miller AH, Wang J. Collagen scaffolds in bone sialoprotein-mediated bone regeneration. Scientific World J 2013; 2013:1-6. doi:10.1155/2013/812718. PMID: 23653530. PMCID: PMC3628497 abstract full text
  11. Kramer WC, Hendricks KJ, Wang J. Pathogenetic mechanisms of posttraumatic osteoarthritis: opportunities for early intervention. Int J Clin Exp Med 2011; 4:285-98. PMID: 22140600. PMCID: PMC3228584 abstract full text
  12. Rodova M, Lu Q, Li Y, Woodbury BG, Crist JD, Gardner BM,Yost JG, Zhong XB, Anderson HC, Wang J. Nfat1 regulates adult articular chondrocyte function through its age-dependent expression mediated by epigenetic histone methylation. J Bone and Miner Res 2011; 26:1974-86. PMID: 21452283. PMCID: PMC3353550 abstract full text
  13. Schroeppel JP, Crist JD, Anderson HC, Wang J. Molecular regulation of articular chondrocyte function and its significance in osteoarthritis. Histol Histopathol: Cell & Mol Biol 2011; 26:377-94. PMID: 21210351. abstract full text
  14. Hofstaetter JG, Wang J, Hofstaetter SG, Glimcher MJ. The effects of high-dose, long-term alendronate treatment on microarchitecture and bone mineral density of compact and trabecular bone in the proximal femur of adult male rabbits. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg 2010; 130:937-44. PMID: 20490521. abstract full text
  15. Wang Q, Wang J, Lu Q, Detamore MS, Berkland C. Injectable PLGA based colloidal gels for zero-order dexamethasone release in cranial defects. Biomaterials 2010; 31:4980-86. PMID: 20303585. PMCID: PMC2856787 abstract full text
  16. Wang J, Gardner BM, Lu Q, Rodova M, Woodbury BG, Yost JG, Roby KF, Pinson DM, Tawfik O, Anderson HC. Transcription factor NFAT1 deficiency causes osteoarthritis through dysfunction of adult articular chondrocytes. J Pathol 2009; 219:163-172. PMID: 19526482. PMCID: PMC2975457 abstract full text
  17. Hofstaetter JG, Wang J, Yan J, Glimcher MJ. The effects of alendronate in the treatment of experimental osteonecrosis of the hip in adult rabbits. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2009; 17:362-70. PMID: 18786840. abstract full text
  18. Garimella R, Tague S, Zhang J, Belibi F, Nahar N, Sun B, Insogna K, Wang J, Anderson HC. Expression and synthesis of bone morphogenetic proteins by osteoclasts: A possible path to anabolic bone remodeling. J Histochem Cytochem 2008; 56:569-77. PMID: 18319273. abstract full text
  19. Garimella R, Kacena M, Tague S, Wang J, Horowitz M, Anderson HC. Expression of bone morphogenetic proteins and their receptors in the bone marrow megakaryocytes of GATA-1low mice: A possible role in osteosclerosis. J Histochem Cytochem 2007; 55:745-52. PMID: 17371937. abstract full text
  20. Xu L, Anderson AL, Lu Q, Wang J. Role of fibrillar structure of collagenous carrier in bone sialoprotein-mediated matrix mineralization and osteoblast differentiation. Biomaterials 2007; 28:750-761. PMID: 17045334. abstract full text
Last modified: Mar 14, 2017

Jinxi Wang, M.D., Ph.D.


Jinxi Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Harrington Distinguished Professor
Director, Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics