Hua Bai, PhD

Hua Bai, PhD

Assistant Professor
Genetics, Development, & Cell Biology
Iowa State University
3260 Molecular Biology Building
2437 Pammel Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1079


The Bai lab is interested in one of the most fascinating, yet poorly understood phenomena in biology: How do animals age? By elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of aging and uncovering the secret of the Fountain of Youth, we hope that we can find ways to prevent age-associated diseases and prolong the health-span of a global aging population. We use Drosophila (“fruit fly”) genetics, genomics, behavior and imaging analysis to tackle a variety of aging-related questions.

Currently we are focusing on three main research areas:

1. Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Aging
2. Organ Communication via Systematic Signals
3. Stress and Tissue Homeostasis


B.S. Biology, East China Normal University, 1997M.S. Aquatic Biology, Shanghai Ocean University, 2000

Ph.D. Entomology, University of Kentucky, 2009