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Dr. Ai Wen

Dr. Ai Wen
Assistant Professor
(319) 273-2670
0421 McCollum Science Hall 117

Post-doctoral training: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 2010-2013

Ph.D.: Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program, Rutgers Univ. 2010
Graduate Certificate: Graduate Certificate in GIS. Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis, Rutgers Univ. 2009
B.S.: Ecology and Environmental Biology, Peking Univ., P. R. China 2002

Teaching Interests: 
Life: the Natural World; Organismal Diversity (lecture and lab); Capstone (Food, Energy and Society in Agriculture); Continuity and Change (lab); Ornithology; Methods in Ecology

My research has two foci: 1) wildlife and human interactions in the agricultural ecosystem. I am interested in the ecosystem services provided by pollinators and birds to humans; meanwhile, I am interested to examine the wildlife habitat value of farms and how sustainable agricultural practices can benefit wildlife. 2) I use ecological concepts to examine the microbial communities in human bodies and depict the pattern of human infectious diseases from an ecological perspective.

In the long run, I want to collaborate with my Chinese colleagues to work on wildlife conservation in China.


Wen, A, Weyant, R.J., McNeil, D.W., Crout, R.J., Neiswanger, K., Marazita, M.L., Foxman, B. (2017) Bayesian Analysis of the Association between Family-Level Factors and Siblings’ Dental Caries. Journal of Dental Research Clinical & Translational Research, 2(3): 278-286.

Wen, A. (2015) Association between habitat characteristics, human activities and Anuran species in a wetland agricultural landscape. Journal of Herpetology, 49(4): 594-601.

Wen, A., Srinivasan, U., Goldberg, D., Owen, J., Marrs, C.F., Misra, D., Wing, D.A., Ponnaluri, S., Miles-Jay, A., Bucholz, B., Abbas, K., Foxman, B. (2014) Selected vaginal bacteria and risk of preterm birth: an ecological perspective. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 209(7): 1087-1094. Epub 2013 Nov 22.

Foxman, B., Wen, A., Srinivasan, U., Goldberg, D., Marrs, C.F., Owen, J., Wing, D.A., Misra, D. (2014) Mycoplasma, bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria BVAB3, race and risk of preterm birth in a high-risk cohort. American Journal of Obstetric and Gynecology, 210(3): 226.e1-7. Epub 2013 Oct 4.

Foxman, B., Wen, A., Srinivasan, U., Zhang, L., Marrs, C.F., Goldberg, D., Weyant, R., McNeil, D., Crout, R., Marazita, M. (2014) Exploring the effect of dentition, dental decay and familiality on oral health using metabolomics. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 22:201-207. Epub 2013 Sept 27.

Wen, A., D. Goldberg, C.F. Marrs, R.J. Weyant, M.L. Marazita, U. Srinivasan, L. Zhang, R. Crout, D.W. McNeil, B. Foxman. (2012) Caries resistance as a function of age in an initially caries-free population. Journal of Dental Research, 91(7): 671-675.

Srinivasan, U., S. Ponnaluri, L. Villareal, B. Gillespie, A. Wen, A. Miles, B. Bucholz, C.F. Marrs, R.K. Lyer, D. Misra, B. Foxman. (2012) Gram stains: a resource for retrospective analysis of bacterial pathogens in clinical studies. Plos One, 7(10): e42898. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042898. Epub 2012 Oct 11

Foxman, B., K.J. Elgersma, A. Wen, M. Buxton, L. Zhang, and C. Barbosa-Cesnik (2011). Reply to Eells et al. Daily Cranberry Prophylaxis to Prevent Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections May Be Beneficial in Some Populations of Women. Clinical Infectious Diseases 52: 1394-1395. (with erratum published in Clin Infect Dis 54(2): 309)

Liu,G., H. Seiler, A. Wen, T. Zars, K. Ito, R. Wolf, M. Heisenberg, L. Liu. (2006) Distinct memory traces for two parameters of visual pattern recognition in the Drosophila brain. Nature, 439: 551-556.

Ai Wen & Li Liu. (2003). Drosophila as a Model to Study Human Neurodegenerative Diseases. Progress in Biochemistry and Biophysics (in Chinese), 30(3): 357-362.

Ai Wen & Li Liu. (2002). Molecular Mechanism of Learning and Memory in Drosophila. Progress in Biochemistry and Biophysics (in Chinese), 29 (5): 60-673.