Weihong Tang, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Weihong Tang

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-9140

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

MD, MD, Preventive Medicine, West China University of Medical Sciences

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota

MS, Epidemiology, Peking Union Medical College


My research looks at genetic risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Recently, this has included work on venous thrombosis and abdominal aortic aneurysms. 


Chronic disease, genomics, cardiovascular disease


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2018, Fairview Health Services, "Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial Investigating the Use of Genetic Predisposition to Guide Pharmacologic Therapy for Hypertension," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2022, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study - Minneapolis Field Center," Co-Investigator
  • 2014–2018, NIH NIGMS Natl Inst of General, "Statistical Methods for Genomic Data," Co-Investigator
  • 2013–2017, NIH NHLBI, "Epidemiology of Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism," Co-Investigator
  • 2008–2019, NIH NHLBI, "Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Field Center," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Selected Publications

  • Pankow JS, Tang W, Pankratz N, Guan W, Weng LC, Cushman M, Boerwinkle E, Folsom AR. "Identification of Genetic Variants Linking Protein C and Lipoprotein Metabolism: The ARIC Study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities)," Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, March 2017
  • Tang W, Yao L, Roetker NS, Alonso A, Lutsey PL, Steenson CC, Lederle FA, Hunter DW, Bengtson LG, Guan W, Missov E, Folsom AR. "Lifetime Risk and Risk Factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in a 24-Year Prospective Study: The ARIC Study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities)," Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, Nov 2016
  • Folsom AR, Tang W, George KM, Heckbert SR, MacLehose RF, Cushman M, Pankow JS. "Prospective study of ?' fibrinogen and incident venous thromboembolism: The Longitudinal Investigation of Thromboembolism Etiology (LITE)," Thrombosis Research, March 2016
  • Tang W, Cushman M, Green D, Rich SS, Lange LA, Yang Q, Tracy RP, Tofler GH, Basu S, Wilson JG, Keating BJ, Weng LC, Taylor HA, Jacobs DR Jr, Delaney JA, Palmer CD, Young T, Pankow JS, O'Donnell CJ, Smith NL, Reiner AP, Folsom AR. "Gene-centric approach identifies new and known loci for FVIII activity and VWF antigen levels in European Americans and African Americans," American Journal of Hematology, June 2015




In The News

SPH News

  • Pinpointing Risk Factors for Largely Fatal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (Read more)
  • Study Links Six Biomarkers to Deadly Aortic Aneurysms (Read more)