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Dr. Cai is a practicing neuropathologist and associate professor in the Pathology Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. He received his medical degree from Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China, PhD degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and pathology residency and fellowship training at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO.

UTSW Medical Center is the largest referring center for muscle and nerve biopsies in Texas and receives biopsies specimens from over 100 institutions over a 6-state area. Dr. Cai's main clinical and research interests focus on the diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases.  Dr. Cai published multiple articles on the diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy, inflammatory myopathies, congenital myopathy, and muscular dystrophies.



Medical School
Beijing Medical University, China (2001)
Other Post Graduate Training
Wesleyan University (2008)
Graduate School
Wesleyan University (2008), Biology
Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Connecticut Health Center (2010), Neuroscience
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2014), Anatomic/neuropathology
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2015), Surgical Pathology

Research Interest

  • Meningioma
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Tumor ischemia and radio-resistance


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A Mitofusin 2 - Hif1a axis sets a maturation checkpoint in regenerating skeletal muscle.
Wang X, Jia Y, Zhao J, Lesner NP, Menezes CJ, Shelton SD, Venigalla SSK, Xu J, Cai C, Mishra P, J Clin Invest 2022 Sep
Biallelic variants in TAMM41 are associated with low muscle cardiolipin levels, leading to neonatal mitochondrial disease.
Thompson K, Bianchi L, Rastelli F, Piron-Prunier F, Ayciriex S, Besmond C, Hubert L, Barth M, Barbosa IA, Deshpande C, Chitre M, Mehta SG, Wever EJM, Marcorelles P, Donkervoort S, Saade D, Bönnemann CG, Chao KR, Cai C, Iannaccone ST, Dean AF, McFarland R, Vaz FM, Delahodde A, Taylor RW, Rötig A, HGG Adv 2022 Apr 3 2 100097


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Honors & Awards

  • Keifer Graduate Research Award, Wesleyan University
  • Leadership Emerging in Academic Department (LEAD)
    Junior Faculty LEAD Program for Physician &Scientists
  • Outstanding Student Award, Beijing Medical University

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP) (2014)
  • American Board of Pathology (ABP) (2014)
  • Chinese American Pathologists Association (CAPA) (2018)
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) (2015)
  • Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology (JNEN) (2018)
  • Pathologyoutlines (2020)
  • Texas Medical Association (2017)
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) (2014)