Dr. Zheng earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. Subsequently, he was a Helen Hay Whiteney Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California-San Francisco, Stanford University, and Genentech, Inc. He joined the UCSD Department of Neurosciences in January 2005.
Dr. Zheng's lab uses genetically modified mice to study why axons in the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) have such a limited ability to regenerate following injury. The insight gained from this research is directly relevant to the design of therapeutic interventions for spinal cord injury, white matter stroke and certain neurodegenerative disorders. In addition, they are developing ways to genetically engineer human pluripotent stem cells to study their differentiation potential and to model neurological conditions. Dr. Zheng is a member of Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UCSD.
For more detailed description of Dr. Zheng's research, visit the Zheng lab website.