Lei Cao, PhD

Lei Cao


College of Medicine


Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics

Academic Title

Assoc Professor

Research Program

Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics

Research Interest

Parkinson Disease, Parkinson Disease, Secondary, Obesity, Melanoma, Cancer, Disease Models, Animal, Neoplastic Processes, Loneliness, Colonic Cancer, Weight Loss

Dr. Cao’s lab has characterized a novel brain-fat axis (hypothalamic-sympathoneural-adipocyte axis) underlying the anti-obesity and anticancer phenotypes associated with a complex environment using multidisciplinary approaches to further define this neuroendocrine axis, identify molecular mediators, and develop both genetic and pharmacological approaches to combat obesity, metabolic syndromes, and cancer.

Education and Background

Office Location

914 Biomedical Research Tower

460 W 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210




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