Zhen Yan: The “Why” Behind His Research

Zhen Yan, PhD

Zhen Yan, Ph.D., was recently featured as one UVA Health System’s #TeamTuesday postings on Facebook. Dr. Yan is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Pharmacology. If you don’t have a Facebook account and want to read the story, we’ve included the content of the post below:

#TeamTuesday: Zhen Yan, PhD, trained as a physician in China and came to the U.S. 27 years ago. Now he’s a part of our Cardiovascular Research Center, focusing on how exercise impacts health and prevents disease. When asked how he got into his field, he explained that as a physician, “You can fix a patient one by one. So with a limited time in your life, you can help a limited number of people.” But researchers learn how diseases develop and how to prevent them, which will impact many people even beyond his lifetime.