Dr Ning Wang

BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD, FHEA

Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health

Principal Investigator

Dr Ning Wang
Dr Ning Wang
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Dr Ning Wang
Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health
DU30, D Floor
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

For enquiries, please contact - iicd-om-operational@sheffield.ac.uk

I undertook my undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (MRes) training in biology at Ocean University of China. After moving to the UK in 2004, I studied the trend of Biotech-industry development at Loughborough University and gained my MSc in Management the following year.

I then joined Professor Alison Gartland’s group in Sheffield and was awarded my PhD in 2010 after completing my PhD project in investigating the roles of purinergic signalling in osteoporosis. I was subsequently appointed as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Dr Colby Eaton’s lab and developed the models used in the identification of dormant metastasis initiating tumour cells in a Cancer Research UK programme grant.

I was then employed as a Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate in Professor Tim Skerry’s group within the Department of Oncology & Metabolism and worked on the Wellcome Trust sponsored programme in development of novel agents for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

I am currently a Principal Investigator in the Cancer theme in the Department of Oncology & Metabolism.

Research interests

My research interests are focused on discovery research in musculoskeletal diseases such as cancer induced bone disease, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Currently, multiple on-going projects are focused on characterizing metastasis initiating cancer cells, investigating interactions between these cells and the bone microenvironment, and exploring novel approaches (e.g. physical exercise, targeting purinergic signalling and glycosylation) to mitigate cancer aggressiveness and bone metastasis.

Current research projects

  • Targeting GALNT7 to develop new drugs for the personalised treatment of prostate cancer (Prostate Cancer UK Research Innovation Award)
  • Using glycan targeting drugs to block prostate cancer bone metastasis (Prostate Cancer Research Project Grant)

Previous research projects

  • Determining the impact of mechanical loading induced bone remodelling on the initiation and progression of prostate cancer skeletal metastasis (Prostate Cancer UK Research Innovation Award)
  • Determining the impact of exercise on the initiation of breast cancer skeletal metastasis using pre-clinical models (Weston Park Cancer Charity Large Grant)
  • Defining the role of P2X7 receptor in the prostate cancer metastasizing into the skeleton (The Royal Society International Exchange Scheme)

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PhD Students

  • Jiepei He
  • Yuhan Zhou
  • Norain B Ab Latif (Secondary supervisor)


  • Dr Hector M Arredondo (PhD student)
  • Dr Boya Li (PhD student, Secondary supervisor)
  • Dr Denise Giovana (PhD student, Secondary supervisor)


Teaching interests

My teaching interests are mainly supervising research projects for both postgraduates (PhD and MSc) and undergraduate (BMedSci and SSC). I also teach cancer and bone biology related lectures on the MBChB Phase 1 Musculoskeletal/Skin Block, MSc in Molecular Medicine, and PGR Induction Course.

Professional activities and memberships

I am currently a member of the ECTS (European Calcified Tissue Society) Academy (2019-2024). I regularly review research articles for a number of international journals, such as Nature Communication, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, International Journal of Cancer, Calcified Tissue International, as well as grant applications for external funding bodies, such as Molecular & Cellular Medicine Board (MCMB), MRC.