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Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou, Ph.D.

ZhouProfessor of Nutrition, Co-Director of The Center of Tranlational Biomedical Research

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou joined the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research in 2010. Dr. Zhou’s research interest is nutritional factors in the pathogenesis and prevention of alcoholic and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. His research emphasizes interactions among the gut, liver and adipose tissue in the development of liver damage, and aims at developing novel therapeutic strategies involving bioactive components. Dr. Zhou’s current research projects are funded by the National Health Institutes.

Dr. Zhou earned his doctorate at the University of Ehime, Japan, in 1990; a M.S. at Beijing Agricultural University, China in 1984; and a B.S. at Hebei Agricultural University, China, in 1981. He served as a faculty member from 1990 to 1998 in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Beijing Agricultural University, and from 2001 to 2010 in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine at the University of Louisville. Dr. Zhou was appointed as professor and Co-Director of the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research in August of 2010.

Dr. Xiuhua Sun (PhD)

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Sun obtained her Ph.D. degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Capital Normal University, and a master’s degree in Veterinary Histology and Embryology at Beijing Agricultural University in Beijing, China.

Dr. Xiaobing Tan (MD, PhD)

Postdoctoral FellowTan
Dr. Tan joined the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research in late 2010. He received his M.D. degree from Shandong Medical University, China and his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Science from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 2007.  His research focuses on alcohol- induced liver diseases and potential nutrition-based prevention/therapy.  He currently investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the alcohol effects on hepatic lipid homeostasis and identifies possible external nutrition supplements to reverse the pathologic progress induced by alcohol in liver.

Dr Qiong Li

Postdoctoral FellowLi
Dr. Li’s research interests are molecular and nutritional mechanisms of alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver diseases. She is currently working on the role of dietary fat sources, saturated versus unsaturated fat, in generation of lipid aldehydes and formation of aldehyde-protein adducts in the liver. Her research aims at  understanding if inactivation of proteins by lipid aldehydes is an important mechanism of alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver diseases, and the protective effects of bioactive nutritional factors such as phytochemicals on lipid aldehyde hepatotoxicity. Dr. Li received her M.D. and Ph.D degrees from Peking University, China.

Dr. Wei Zhong (DVM, PhD)

Research ScientistZhong
Dr. Zhong’s research interests are organ-organ interactions at the gut-liver-adipose tissue axis in the pathogenesis of alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver disease.  She focuses her research on the roles of nutritional elements and gut microbiota in alcohol metabolism and whole body energy homeostasis. Outcomes of these studies are important to understand the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver disease. Dr. Zhong received her Ph.D. degree in Veterinary Biomedicine from China Agricultural University, China. She earned her B.A. degree in Veterinary Medicine from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China.

Dr. Wenliang Zhang (PhD)

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Research Scientist
Dr. Wenliang Zhang joined the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research in 2013. Dr. Zhang obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2007 from China Agricultural University. Dr. Zhang’s research interest is alcoholic effect on White Adipose Tissue (WAT). His current research focuses on the function of different WATs in alcoholism.

Dr. Daoyin Dong (PhD)

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Postdoctural Fellow
Daoyin Dong joined the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research as a postdoctoral fellow in 2013.  Dr. Dong received his Ph.D degree in Biomedical Engineering (Molecular and Cell Biology) at the Regenerative Medicine Research Center, Sichuan University.  Dr. Dong’s research includes inflammatory cytokines in alcoholic liver disease, the role of homcysteine in cardiovascular disease, and copper metabolism and function.

Dr Yunping Qiu

Yunping QiuResearch Scientist

Dr. Yunping Qiu joined the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research in 2009. Dr. Qiu’s research interest is chromatography-mass spectrum-based metabolomics. His research focus is metabolic variations in colorectal cancer and oxidative stress. He received his PhD degree in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, his MS degree in Tianjin University, China, and his BS degree in China Pharmaceutical University, China.

Debby Reed

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Graduate Student
Debby Reed received her BS in biochemistry and her MS in plant physiology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She is currently working on her PhD in the Zhou lab to profile and analyze lipids and metabolites that characterize  alcoholic liver disease.

Qian Sun

Graduate Student


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