Dr. Yan Wang

Yan  Wang Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • 310-825-8089
63-050A CHS

UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
63-050A CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668

  • Full-Time Faculty
Academic Sections
  • Division of Oral and Systemic Health Sciences
  • Public and Population Health

Dr. Yan Wang, Ph.D., is an assistant adjunct professor in the section of Public and Population Health, within the Division of Oral and Systemic Health Sciences. She joined the dental school faculty in 2023. Dr. Wang specializes in survey design, sampling algorithms, and the application of data science and machine learning techniques.

Dr. Wang is currently leading a study on the oral microbiome of Kenyan children and adolescents who have been living with HIV and taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) for more than ten years. She was recently awarded the 2023 CHIPTS mentored grant to study resilience among youth living with HIV in the informal settlements of Nairobi.

Representative Publications
  • Wang Y, Ramos-Gomez F, Kemoli AM, John-Stewart G, Wamalwa D, Benki-Nugent S, Slyker J, Seminario AL. Oral Diseases and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life among Kenyan Children and Adolescents with HIV. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2023 Apr;8(2):168-177. PMID: 35354307; PMCID: PMC10026160.
  • Liu H, Wang Y, Huang Y, Xiong D, Shen J, Siqueiros L, Bala V, Savage GM, Guerrero M, Corado K, Rosen MI, Fletcher CV, Daar ES. Ingestible sensor system for measuring, monitoring and enhancing adherence to antiretroviral therapy: An open-label, usual care-controlled, randomised trial. PMID: 36372731; PMCID: PMC9782816.
  • Wang Y, Kinsler JJ, Kiwuwa-Muyingo S. Factors associated with HIV testing among youth in Tanzania based on the 2016-2017 Tanzania HIV Impact Survey (THIS). PLOS Glob Public Health. 2022;2(11). PMID: 36589732; PMCID: PMC9799957.
  • Wang Y, Kinsler J, Cumberland WG, Young SD. Mental Health among African American and Latinx Men who have sex with men after the COVID-19 Lockdown in Los Angeles - Findings from the HOPE cohort. Community Ment Health J. 2022 Nov;58(8):1554-1562. PMID: 35441965; PMCID: PMC9019533.
  • Seminario AL, Kemoli A, Fuentes W, Wang Y, Rajanbabu P, Wamalwa D, Benki-Nugent S, John-Stewart G, Slyker JA. The effect of antiretroviral therapy initiation on vitamin D levels and four oral diseases among Kenyan children and adolescents living with HIV. PLoS One. 2022;17(10):e0275663. PMID: 36227876; PMCID: PMC9560522.
  • Wang Y, Kiwuwa-Muyingo S, Kadengye DT. Understating the barriers to achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal in Tanzania using a population-based HIV impact assessment survey 2016-2017. AIDS Care. 2022 Jun;34(6):797-804. PMID: 33975497; PMCID: PMC8581067.
  • Gray AN, Martin-Blais R, Tobin NH, Wang Y, Brooker SL, Li F, Gadoth A, Elliott J, Faure-Kumar E, Halbrook M, Hofmann C, Kashani S, Kazan C, Yang OO, Fulcher JA, Grovit-Ferbas K, Rimoin AW, Aldrovandi GM. Humoral responses to SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines: Role of past infection. PLoS One. 2021;16(11):e0259703. PMID: 34748607; PMCID: PMC8575273.
  • Wang Y, Hays RD, Marcus M, Maida CA, Shen J, Xiong D, Coulter ID, Lee SY, Spolsky VW, Crall JJ, Liu H. Developing Children's Oral Health Assessment Toolkits Using Machine Learning Algorithm. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2020 Jul;5(3):233-243. PMID: 31710817; PMCID: PMC7298887.
  • Wang Y, Hays R, Marcus M, Maida C, Shen J, Xiong D, Lee S, Spolsky V, Coulter I, Crall J, Liu H. Development of a parents' short form survey of their children's oral health. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2019 May;29(3):332-344. PMID: 30481390; PMCID: PMC8191488.
  • Wang Y, Yu W, Liu S, Young SD. The Relationship Between Social Media Data and Crime Rates in the United States. Soc Media Soc. 2019 Jan-Mar;5(1). PMID: 36189428; PMCID: PMC9524287.
Educational & Professional Background
  • Ph.D., Biostatistics, UCLA
  • NIH/NIMHD T37 postdoctoral fellow, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • NIH/NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellow, Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, UCLA
  • B.S., Mathematics and Computer Science, Beijing Normal University
Research & Interests
  • HIV, Pediatric Oral Health, Oral Microbiome
  • Global Health in Kenya
  • Statistical modeling for microbiome data
  • Survey Design and Sampling Algorithms
Professional Memberships
  • American Statistical Association
  • American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research
  • International Association of Dental Research
  • Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship, American Statistics Association
  • CHIPTS Mentored Pilot Grant in 2023
  • Rising Star Award in HIV Adherence Research, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC)
  • Cohort 4, NIDCR/AADOCR MIND the Future program
  • K01 Award 2023-2028, NIH/NIDCR