Wei-Lun Hwang

聯絡方式 學歷

☏ +886-2-28267000 ext: 65833 (Lab) / 65832 (Office)

 a85296658@ym.edu.tw / wlhwang@nycu.edu.tw

〒 Department of Biotechnology and Laboratory Science in Medicine, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, No. 155, Sec. 2, Linong St., Beitou District, Taipei 112, Taiwan

Sep 2008~Aug 2012, Ph.D, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Taiwan International Graduate Program, TIGP), National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Sep 2006~Jun 2008 M.S., Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan


Sep 2002~Jun 2006 B.S., School of Medical Laboratory Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

Aug 2018-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Laboratory Science in Medicine, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Oct 2015-Jul 2018, Assistant Professor, The Ph.D Program for Translational Medicine, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
Oct 2012-Jul 2015, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

期刊論文審查委員 (Oncogene, International Journal_of_Nanomedicine, Aging, Angiogenesis, Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Cancer Biomarkers, Oncotargets and Therapy, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Cancer Management and Research, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering); Member in the Asian Council of Science Editors (2021).


Research Interests

Tumor Microenvironment; Extracellular Vesicles; Cancer Therapy; Tissue Fibrosis

Research Direction:

Cancer cells possess characters similar to healthy stem cells, and the degree of cell dedifferentiation is correlated with poor prognosis. We isolated cancer stem cells (CSCs) as sphere-derived cancer stem cells (SDCSCs) from primary colorectal cancer (CRC) tissues and cell lines for characterization in vitro and in vivo. Microarray analysis and next-generation sequencing of the SDCSCs were used to elucidate their transcriptome and miRNome for exploring their enriched biological activities. We found expanded SDCSCs were enriched with CD44(+)/CD166(+) subpopulations and had undergone epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) with Snail being the predominant regulator. The Snail-IL8 signal axis and Snail-miR-146a-Numb circuits were demonstrated to maintain Nanog/OCT4 expression for maintaining tumor niches and Wnt signal cassettes for symmetric stem cell division, respectively. In colorectal cancer patients, Snail and IL8 were coexpressed with the stem cell marker CD44 and the SnailHighNumbLow profile was correlated with Erbitux resistance. Exosomal non-coding RNAs of SDCSCs further orchestrated a pro-tumoral, immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment (TME) by activating host neutrophils. Dr. Hwang’s studies reveal the presence of a complex interactome of CSCs, proving potential drug targets for advanced CRC patients.

Research Highlights:

  1. Wnt-driven RAB27B activation mediates the CSC-CRC cell interaction through exosomal miR-146a-5p.
  2. CSCs elicit the pattern recognition response in host neutrophils through exosomal non-coding RNAs.
  3. Lymphotoxin-β dictates the Cetuximab resistance in head-and-neck cancer.
  4. The asymmetric-to symmetric (ACD-SCD) division mode of CSC maintains stem-like population.
  5. Snail-IL8 axis introduces cancer stemness in non-CSC cells and sustains the self-renewal of CSCs.


2021 科技部優秀年輕學者研究計畫(多年期)
2021 指導研究生林巧雯獲醫技系論文比賽第一名
2020 指導研究生王薏荃獲醫技系論文比賽第三名
2019 紀念沈力揚教授講師級研究與進修獎助
2019 參與陽明大學圖書館Nature封面影展影片拍攝
2019 指導生技檢驗部優勝團隊ProLung生物科技公司-新型非侵入性肺癌篩檢平台
2017-2020 科技部優秀年輕學者研究計畫(多年期)
2016 指導藥學系林煒樺獲北醫大105年度大專生專題計畫獎第二名
2014 科技部103年度博士後研究人員學術著作獎
2013 第8屆永信李天德醫藥科技獎/傑出論文獎
2013 第18屆台灣癌症聯合學術年會(TJCC)基礎轉譯組,優等獎
2012 第17屆 台灣癌症聯合學術年會(TJCC)基礎轉譯組,特等獎
2012 林榮耀教授學術教育基金會優秀論文獎
2012 Merck Millipore Asia Bioforum (Taipei)銀牌獎
2011-12 國立陽明大學學術論文比賽優等獎/陽明博士班優秀論文獎學金
2019/ A*STAR, Singapore
Isolation and characterization of colorectal cancer stem cell-derived exosomes to identify microRNAs that establish early tumor microenvironment. Cell Symposia: Single Cells: Technology to Biology, Singapore, 2019 (科技部計畫)
2014/ Institute Curie, France
Non-Coding Genome (教師及研究人員赴國外研究訪問, 陽明大學) 
2012/ Sitges, Spain
Cell Symposia, “Functional RNAs”  (國科會)
  1. Insulin-Like Growth Factor 2 mRNA-Binding Protein 1 (IGF2BP1) Is a Prognostic Biomarker and Associated with Chemotherapy Responsiveness in Colorectal Cancer. Hung-Ming Chen, Chun-Chi Lin, Wei-Shone Chen, Jeng-Kai Jiang, Shung-Haur Yang, Shih-Ching Chang, Ching-Liang Ho, Chung-Chi Yang, Shih-Ching Huang, Yee Chao, Tsai-Tsen Liao, Wei-Lun Hwang* and Hao-Wei Teng*, Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22(13), 6940; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22136940 (IF: 5.92; 67/298 (Q1), Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2020 JCR)

  2. Curcumin Suppresses TGF-β1-Induced Myofibroblast Differentiation and Attenuates Angiogenic Activity of Orbital Fibroblasts. Wei-Kuang Yu, Wei-Lun Hwang, Yi-Chuan Wang, Chieh-Chih Tsai and Yau-Huei Wei. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22(13), 6829; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22136829 (IF: 5.92; 67/298 (Q1), Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2020 JCR)

  3. Human ribonuclease 1 serves as a secretory ligand of ephrin A4 receptor and induces breast tumor initiation. Lee HH, Wang YN, Yang WH, Xia W, Wei YK , Chan LC, Wang YH, Jiang Z, Xu SP , Yao J , Qiu YF, Hsu YH, Hwang WL, Yan MS , Cha JH , Hsu Jennifer , Shen J , Ye Y, Wu X , Hou MF , Tseng LM , Wang SC , Pan MR , Yang CH , Wang YL , Yamaguchi H, Pang D , Hortobagyi G, Yu Dihua, Hung MC. Nat Commun. 2021, Nat Commun. 2021 May 13;12(1):2788. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-23075-2. (IF: 14.91; 4/73 (Q1), Multidisciplinary Sciences, 2020 JCR)

  4. The microRNA-210-stathmin1 axis decreases cell stiffness to facilitate the invasiveness of colorectal cancer stem cells. Liao TT, Cheng WC, Yang CY, Chen YQ, Su SH, Yeh TY, Lan HY, Lee CC, Lin HH, Lin CC, Lu RH, Chiou ET, Jiang JK, Hwang WL*. Cancers 2021, Apr 12;13(8):1833. doi: 10.3390/cancers13081833. (IF: 6.63; 51/242 (Q1), Oncology, 2020 JCR)

  5. Roles of microRNAs in regulating cancer stemness in head and neck cancers. Fitriana Melysa †, Hwang WL†, Chan PY, Hsueh TY and Liao TT. Cancers 2021, 13(7), 1742; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers13071742 (IF: 6.63; 51/242 (Q1), Oncology, 2020 JCR)

  6. Muscle atrophy-related myotube-derived exosomal microRNA in neuronal dysfunction: Targeting both coding and long noncoding RNAs. Yang CP, Yang WS, Wong YH, Wang KH, Teng YC, Chang MH, Liao KH, Nian FS, Chao CC, Tsai JW, Hwang WL, Lin MW, Tzeng TY, Wang PN, Campbell M, Chen LK, Tsai TF, Chang PC, Kung HJ. Aging Cell. 2020 May;19 (5):e13107.(IF: 9.30; 4/53 (Q1), Geriatrics and Gerontology, 2020 JCR)

  7. RAB27B-activated secretion of stem-like tumor exosomes delivers the biomarker microRNA-146a-5p, which promotes tumorigenesis and associates with an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment in colorectal cancer. Cheng WC, Liao TT, Lin CC, Yuan LE, Lan HY, Lin HH, Teng HW, Chang HC, Lin CH, Yang CY, Huang SC, Jiang JK, Yang SH, Yang MH, Hwang WL*. Int J Cancer. 2019 Oct 15;145 (8):2209-2224. (IF: 7.39; 42/242 (Q1), Oncology, 2020 JCR)

  8. Targeting non-muscle myosin II promotes corneal endothelial migration through regulating lamellipodial dynamics. Ho WT, Chang JS, Chou SF, Hwang WL, Shih PJ, Chang SW, Yang MH, Jou TS, Wang IJ. J Mol Med (Berl). 2019 Sep;97(9):1345-1357. (IF: 4.59; 48/175 (Q2), Genetics and Heredity, 2020 JCR)

  9. Tumor stem-like cell-derived exosomal RNAs prime neutrophils for facilitating tumorigenesis of colon cancer. Hwang WL*, Lan HY, Cheng WC, Huang SC, Yang MH. J Hematol Oncol. 2019 Jan 25;12 (1):10. (IF: 17.38; 3/76 (Q1), Hematology, 2020 JCR)

  10. Macrophage-secreted interleukin-35 regulates cancer cell plasticity to facilitate metastatic colonization. Lee CC, Lin JC, Hwang WL, Kuo YJ, Chen HK, Tai SK, Lin CC, Yang MH. Nat Commun. 2018 Sep 14;9(1):3763.(IF: 14.91; 4/73 (Q1), Multidisciplinary Sciences, 2020 JCR)

  11. Endothelial angiogenesis is directed by RUNX1T1-regulated VEGFA, BMP4 and TGF-β2 expression. Liao KH, Chang SJ, Chang HC, Chien CL, Huang TS, Feng TC, Lin WW, Shih CC, Yang MH, Yang SH, Lin CH, Hwang WL*, Lee OK*. PLoS One. 2017 Jun 22;12(6):e0179758. (IF=2.74; 27/ 71, Multidisciplinary sciences)

  12. Lymphotoxin-β Interacts with Methylated EGFR to Mediate Acquired Resistance to Cetuximab in Head and Neck Cancer. Hsu DS#Hwang WL#, Yuh CH, Chu CH, Ho YH, Chen PB, Lin HS, Lin HK, Wu SP, Lin CY, Hsu WH, Lan HY, Wang HJ, Tai SK, Hung MC, Yang MH. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Aug 1;23(15):4388-4401. (#co-first author) (IF=10.10; 17/244; Oncology)

  13. Numb is involved in the non-random segregation of subcellular vesicles in colorectal cancer stem cells. Hwang WL, Yang MH. Cell Cycle. 2016 Oct17;15 (20):2697-703. (IF=3.39; 95/195; Cell Biology)

  14. MicroRNA-146a directs the symmetric division of Snail-dominant colorectal cancer stem cells. Hwang WL, Jiang JK, Yang SH, Huang TS, Lan HY, Teng HW, Yang CY, Tsai YP, Lin CH, Wang HW, Yang MH. Nat Cell Biol. 2014 Mar;16(3):268-80. (IF=20.04; 8/195; Cell Biology)

  15. SNAIL regulates interleukin-8 expression, stem cell-like activity, and tumorigenicity of human colorectal carcinoma cells. Hwang WL, Yang MH, Tsai ML, Lan HY, Su SH, Chang SC, Teng HW, Yang SH, Lan YT, Chiou SH, Wang HW. Gastroenterology. 2011 Jul;141(1):279-91, 291.e1-5. (IF=17.37; 4/88, Gastroenterology and Hepatology) 

Lab Members

Graduate Student: 陳立昀,林巧雯,黃湘月曾馨萱吳宇蓁

Undergraduate Student: 陳牧澤,范文薰,應佳蓁,林宥彤,蔡博淵,陳慧君,湯旻樺,彭海晴


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Researcher: 李志展,金丞熹

Research Assistant: 馮德嘉,黃詩晴

Graduate Students: 汪雅珮,王薏荃

Undergraduate Student: 練冠霆 (北醫大營養保健系), 林煒樺 (北醫大藥學系), 羅正廷 (北醫大醫學系)。三位同學均獲得科技部大專生專題研究計畫補助


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