Liang, Wenbin


Dr. Wenbin Liang is a Scientist and Director of the Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory at University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa.


Dr. Liang completed his medical training in the Fourth Military Medical University (Xi’an, China) and received a PhD degree in Physiology from the University of Toronto (Advisor: Dr. Peter Backx). Before joining UOHI, he was trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Eduardo Marbàn (Director of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, in Los Angeles), focusing on gene- and cell-based therapies of heart rhythm disorders.

During his Ph.D and postdoctoral training, Dr. Liang was awarded the CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship, the US Heart Rhythm Society Postdoctoral Fellowship (ranked #1 in the Committee), and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) Doctoral Research Award.

As an independent investigator, Dr. Liang has received several prestigious awards, including CIHR Early Career Investigator Award (2019, Ranked # 2 in Committee), CCS Young Investigator Award (Runner-up, 2019), The Highest Rated Electrophysiology Abstract Award (Canadian Heart Rhythm Society, 2019), HSFC McDonald Scholarship and New Investigator Award (Ranked #1 in Committee, 2017), Early Researcher Award (Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, 2017), and Gordon K. Moe Young Investigator Award (Ranked #1 in Committee, Upstate New York Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, 2015).

Dr. Liang’s current research program has been funded by CIHR, HSFC, and Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Research & Clinical Interests 

Dr. Liang’s research is focused on mechanistic studies of arrhythmogenic heart disease, with the hope of developing novel therapies for cardiac arrhythmias. Techniques used include somatic gene transfer, stem cells, cellular electrophysiology, organ culture, and whole-animal studies, as well as cellular and molecular biology techniques.


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Updated March 2020







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