University of Alabama at Birmingham
Strategies to Overcome the Road Blocks in Cardiac Cell Therapy
Personal profile： Jianyi (Jay) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., came to UAB in 2015 from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was the Engdahl Family Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Regenerative Therapies, in addition to being a professor of medicine, of biomedical engineering and of electrical and computer engineering. Among his recent honors and awards is the prestigious George E. Brown Memorial Lectureship for the 2014 AHA Scientific Sessions. He is also the recipient of an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and a First Award from the National Institutes of Health. Zhang earned his M.D. from Shanghai Medical University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1992. He also earned a master of science in engineering (1987) and a certificate of business administration (1987) from Tufts University. Prior to joining the faculty at Minnesota, Zhang completed postdoctoral work in the university’s cardiovascular division.
Research Interests: Dr. Zhang is currently the principal investigator of three RO1 NIH grants through 2020 in the fields of myocardial bioenergetics, biomaterial, and stem cells for cardiac repair, and he is the principal investigator for one other program-project grant. Other research interests include: Stem cell therapy and post infarction LV remodeling Scaffold for enhanced delivery of stem cell therapy in failing hearts In vivo bioenergetics in hypertrophied and failing ventricle