Associate Professor and Associate Director, Biomedical Institute for Regenerative Research
Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2600 S Neal St. Science Building 255, Commerce, Texas 75429-3011, USA
Zhengshan Zhao is a faculty member in the Biomedical Institute for Regenerative Research (BIRR), Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas. Dr. Zhao has received extensive training in several different Universities, including Stanford University School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, University of Kentucky. He also has 10 years of clinical experiences in internal medicine in China, particularly familiarity with metabolic diseases, including diabetes and obesity. His work has been published many peer-reviewed journals, including Diabetes, JBC, PNAC, Mol Endocrinol, etc.
He has extensive experience in diabetes, metabolic syndrome, with a strong emphasis in pancreatic beta-cell proliferation. His current research activities include elucidating the role of a cardiac-inducing RNA (a human-heart RNA) on cardiac differentiation of human induced-pluripotent cells (iPSCs), and developing a novel strategy to regenerate cardiac tissues and repair damaged myocardium in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) animal models using CIR’s ability to transform iPSCs into functioning cardiomyocytes.