Welcome to The Center for Translational Biomedical Research


Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou, Ph.D.

ZhouProfessor of Nutrition, Co-Director of The Center for Translational 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. Qibin Zhang, Ph. D.

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Co-Director of The Center for Translational Biomedical ResearchQibin

Qibin Zhang, PhD, an expert in bioanalytical chemistry and biomarkers of type 1 diabetes, has been named Co-Director of the Center for Translational Biomedical Research at UNCG effective September 3. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of UNCG as Associate Professor.   Zhang’s NIH funded research programs include developing ultrasensitive measurement capabilities for analysis of lipids –  the biomolecules underlying many of the human disorders, such as cancer and diabetes, and discover novel biomarkers for early diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, a devastating disorder mostly occurred in children.

Dr. Zhang previously worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the Department of Energy as a Senior Scientist in the Biological Sciences Division. He holds a PhD degree from University of California Riverside in Analytical Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Shandong Normal University in China


Dr Qiong Li (Ph.D.)

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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, Ph.D.)

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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 (Ph.D.)

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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.


Qian Sun

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Qian joined UNCG as a Ph.D student in 2011. Her research interest is the role of zinc in protection of alcoholic fatty liver disease. Her goal is to understand how alcohol drinking induced zinc deficiency affects organelle functions, especially ER and mitochondria, at molecular level.   Qian received her B.A. of Medicine in Laboratory Medicine in Huaxi Medical Center, Sichuan University, China in 2008, and in 2011 she received M.S. in Nutrition Science at The State University of New York at Buffalo.



  • Dr. Guoxiang Xie
  • Dr. Houkia Li
  • Dr. Yunping Qiu
  • Dr. Sarah Sun
  • Dr. Xiaobing Tan
  • Dr. Daoyin Dong