Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiac Surgery


Dr. Cai’s research mainly focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of cardiac stem cell therapy for ischemic heart disease via genetic modification of protein coding or non-coding genes, or pharmaceutical administration with small molecules. His lab also investigates the role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the cardioprotection.

  • PhD: Institute of Biophysics, China, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
  • Fellowship: UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, U.S., Postdoctoral Fellow in Physiology & Biophysics

Research Interests
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Myocardial repair/regeneration
  • Cardiac stem/progenitor cells
  • Aging/Senescence
  • Oxidative stress

Current Funding
  • NIH/NHLBI-1R01HL114951 
    “Enhancing the effectiveness of human cardiac stem cell therapy”