Ming-Zhi Zhang received his M.D. degree in 1985 and M.S. degree in 1990 from Xuzhou Medical College, China. He came to the USA in 1994 as a Research Associate at the Department of Cell Biology of Vanderbilt University. He was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of medicine (Nephrology Division, primary appointment) and cancer biology (secondary appointment) in 2007. He has focused his research on cancer biology and renal physiology and pathophysiology since 1995. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in kidney field and cancer field since 1997. Previously, his research focused on the interactions of intrarenal hormones and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) pathway in regulation of renal physiological and pathophysiological functions, the interactions of intrarenal dopaminergic system, and renin angiotensin system in regulation of renal physiological and pathophysiological function. More recently, he has focused his research on acute kidney injury. Moreover, he has been closely involved in the development of the ?-GT DTR model, the investigation of the roles of renal macrophages/dendritic cells in the recovery from DTR-mediated acute kidney injury, and the role of EGFR activation in recovery from DTR-mediated acute kidney injury. In cancer biology field, he works on the role of arachidonic acid pathway in the development of colorectal tumorigenesis and lung cancer tumorigenesis.
Biography Updated on 4 January 2012