Zhong Wang, Ph.D.

Zhong Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery

Biography

Dr. Zhong Wang is an Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery, at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Our long-term goal is to develop stem cell based heart therapies to effectively prolong and improve the life of heart patience. We are tackling a few roadblocks in heart regeneration. One roadblock is the poor understanding of the molecular mechanism of cardiac stem/progenitor cell (CPC) specification and differentiation. The second roadblock is the inefficient strategies to produce CPCs and engineered cardiac tissues suitable for heart regeneration. The third roadblock is the lack of appropriate large animal models for preclinical studies. Our studies may help reveal the etiology of related heart diseases and provide clues to develop modern medical treatments such as small molecule drugs, gene or stem cell/progenitor cell therapies against these diseases.

Education

  • 1990 – Fudan University, China, B.S., Microbiology
  • 1993 – Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, M.S., Biochemistry
  • 2000 – Oregon Health and Science University, Ph.D., Biochem. & Mol. Biol.
  • 1999-2005 – University of California, Berkeley, Postdoctoral, Biochem. & Genetics

Appointments

  • 10/2005-02/2013 – Assistant Biologist, Principle Investigator, Cardiovascular Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 01/2008-02/2013 – Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • 10/2008-02/2013 – Principal Faculty Member, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • 02/2013-08/2015 – Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan
  • 09/2015 – Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan

Positions and Honors, Employment

  • 12/1993-08/1994 – Engineer, Beijing Institute of Industrial Fermentation, Beijing, P.R. China
  • 09/1994-07/1999 – Graduate Research Assistant, OGI School, Oregon Health and Science University, Beaverton, OR
  • 09/1999-06/2005 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 10/2005-02/2013 – Assistant Biologist, Principle Investigator, Cardiovascular Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • 01/2008-02/2013 – Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • 10/2008-02/2013 – Principal Faculty Member, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • 02/2009- – Visiting Professor, Guangdong Institute of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, P.R. China
  • 02/2011- – Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Hong Kong.
  • 02/2013 – Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • 1994 – Presidential Award by Chinese Academy of Sciences for excellent graduate research
  • 2000-2002 – Postdoctoral research fellowship from American Cancer Society, California Division
  • 2003-2005 – Postdoctoral research training fellowship from Prostate Cancer Research Program, Department of Defense

Published Articles or Reviews