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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address BMR2 534 Zip 2186
Phone  (205) 996-5153
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Undergraduate  University of Science and Technology of China     1985  BS 
Graduate  UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas    1991  PhD 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Pathology   Molecular & Cellular Pathology Professor
Secondary  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology Associate Professor
Secondary  Neurobiology  Neurobiology Assistant Professor
Center  Neurology   Alzheimer's Disease Center Professor
Center  Civitan International Research Center  Civitan International Research Center Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Free Radical Bio Professor
Center  Neurology   Ctr Neurodegeneration & Exp Ther (CNET) Professor
Center  GL Ctr for Craniofacial, Oral, & Dental Disorders  GL Ctr for Craniofacial, Oral, & Dental Disorders Professor
Center  Integrative Center for Aging Research  Integrative Center for Aging Research Professor
Center  Nutrition Sciences   Nutrition Obesity Res Ctr (NORC) Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Cell, Molecular, & Developmental Biology 
Cellular and Molecular Biology Program 
Integrative Genetics Graduate Program 
Medical Scientist Training Program 
Molecular and Cellular Pathology Program 
Neuroscience Graduate Program 
Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine 

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Zhang graduated from University of Science and Technology of China. She received her PhD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She then worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and as a Research Assistant Professor in University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She joined UAB in 2005, and promoted to professor in 2019.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
Association for Neuron and Disease (AND)  member   
Birmingham Chinese Professor Association (BCPA)  member   
Chinese Biologic Investigator Society (Ray Wu society)  member   
Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM)  VP 
Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA)  member   
Women in Autophagy  member 

Research/Clinical Interest
Mechanisms and regulation of autophagy-lysosomal pathway in health and diseases
We focus on the integrated mechanisms regulating metabolism, redox signaling and cell death. We use genetic models and system biology tools to identify novel approaches to promote healthy aging, and to attenuate cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases. We have positions open for a postdoc and a graduate student. Highly motivated, rigorous and talented individuals are encouraged to apply.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Jegga A, Schneider L, Ouyang X, Zhang, J (2011) Systems biology of the autophagy-lysosomal pathway. Autophagy 7:5, 1-13.   21293178 
Liang Q, Ouyang X, Schneider L, Zhang J. Reduction of mutant huntingtin accumulation and toxicity by lysosomal cathepsins D and B in neurons. Mol Neurodegener. 2011 Jun 1;6:37.  21631942 
Dranka BP, Benavides GA, Diers AR, Giordano S, Zelickson BR, Reily C, Zou L, Chatham JC, Hill BG, Zhang J, Landar A, Darley-Usmar VM. Assessing bioenergetic function in response to oxidative stress by metabolic profiling.
Free Radic Biol Med. 2011 Aug 16. [Epub ahead of print] 
Differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells to a neuronal phenotype changes cellular bioenergetics and the response to oxidative stress.Schneider L, Giordano S, Zelickson BR, Johnson M, Benavides G, Ouyang X, Fineberg N, Darley-Usmar VM, Zhang J. (2011)Free Radic Biol Med. 51:2007-2017. PMCID: PMC3208787  21945098 
Autophagy, mitochondria and oxidative stress: cross-talk and redox signalling.Lee J, Giordano S, Zhang J.Biochem J. 2012 Jan 15;441(2):523-40.PMID:22187934PMC3258656  22187934 
Higdon AN, Benavides GA, Chacko B, Ouyang X, Johnson MS, Landar A, Zhang J, Darley-Usmar VM (2012) Hemin causes mitochondrial dysfunction in endothelial cells through promoting lipid peroxidation: the protective role of autophagy. American Journal of Physiology 302(7):H1394-409.  22245770 
Jaber N, Dou Z, Chen JS, Catanzaro J, Jiang YP, Ballou LM, Selinger E, Ouyang X, Lin R, Zhang J, Zong WX (2012) The Class III PI3K Vps34 plays an essential role in autophagy and in the heart and liver function. PNAS. 109:2003-2008. Co-corresponding author. PMCID: PMC3277541  22308354 
Jaber N, Dou Z, Lin RZ, Zhang J, Zong WX (2012) Mammalian PIK3C3/VPS34: The key to autophagic processing in liver and heart. Autophagy 8:4, 1–2  22498475 
Cummins TD, Higdon AN, Kramer PA, Chacko B, Riggs DW, Salabei JK, Dell’Italia LJ, Zhang J, Darley-Usmar VM, Hill BG (2012) Utilization of fluorescent probes to identify subcellular proteomes and processes regulated by lipid peroxidation products FRBM Jun;59:56-68  22954622 
Klionsky et al (Zhang J as one of 1270 co-authors) (2012) Guidelines for the Use and Interpretation of Assays for Monitoring Autophagy in Higher Eukaryotes. Autophagy 8:4, 445-544  22966490 
Giordano S, Jisun Lee, Darley-Usmar VM, Zhang J (2012) Distinct effects of rotenone, 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium and 6-hydroxydopamine on cellular bioenergetics and cell death. PlosOne 7(9):e44610. PMCID:PMC3435291  22970265 
Hill B, Benavides G, Lancaster J, Ballinger S, Dell’Italia L, Zhang J, Darley-Usmar VM (2012) Integration of cellular bioenergetics with mitochondrial quality control and autophagy. Biological Chemistry 393:1485-1512  23092819 
Errami Y, Naura AS, Kim H, Ju J, Suzuki Y, El-Bahrawy, AH, Ghonim MA, Hemeida RA, Mansy MS, Zhang J, Xu M, Boulares AH (2013) Apoptotic DNA fragmentation may be a cooperative activity between caspase-activated DNase and the PARP-regulated DNas1L3, an ER-localized endonuclease that translocates to the nucleus during apoptosis. J Biol Chem. 2013 Feb 1;288(5):3460-8.  23229555 
Mitchell T, Bailey SM, Ballinger SW, Zhang J, Darley-Usmar VM (2013) Convergent mechanisms for mitochondrial dysfunction in metabolic disease; insights from mitochondrial therapeutics. Biochemical Society Transactions 41:127-133  23356271 
Errami Y, Brim H Oumouna-Benachour K, Oumouna M, Naura AS, Kim H, Ju J, Kim JG, Ashktorab H, Fallon K, Xu M, Zhang J, Del Valle L, Boulares HA (2013) ICAD deficiency in human colon cancer and predisposition to colon tumorigenesis: linkage to apoptosis resistance and genomic instability". PlosOne 2013;8(2):e57871.  23451280 
Parekh VV, Wu L, Boyd KL, Williams, JA, Gaddy JA, Olivares-Villagomez D, Cover TL, Zong WZ, Zhang J, Van Kaer L (2013) Impaired autophagy, defective T cell homeostasis and a wasting syndrome in mice with a T cell-specific deletion of Vps34. Journal of Immunity 2013 May 15;190(10):5086-101.  23596309 
Le Grand JN, Bon K, Fraichard A, Zhang J, Jouvenot M, Risold P-Y, Boyer-Guittaut M, Delage-Mourroux R (2012) Specific distribution of the autophagic protein GABARAPL1/GEC1 in the developing and adult mouse brain and identification of neuronal populations expressing GABARAPL1/GEC1. PlosOne 2013 May 15;8(5):e63133  23690988 
Dodson M, Darley-Usmar V, Zhang J.Cellular Metabolic and Autophagic Pathways: Traffic Control by Redox Signaling.
Free Radic Biol Med. 2013 May 20. pii: S0891-5849(13)00224-4.  
Biochem J. 2013 Jun 17. [Epub ahead of print]Bioenergetic and autophagic control by Sirt3 in response to nutrient deprivation in mouse embryonic fibroblasts.Liang Q, Benavides GA, Vasilopoulos A, Gius D, Darley-Usmar V, Zhang J.  23767918 
Mitchell T, Johnson MS, Ouyang X, Chacko BK, Mitra K, Lei X, Gai Y, Moore DR, Barnes S, Zhang J, Koizumi A, Ramanadham S, Darley-Usmar VM.Dysfunctional mitochondrial bioenergetics and oxidative stress in Akita+/Ins2-derived beta-cells. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Jul 2. [Epub ahead of print]  23820623 
Zhang J (2013) Autophagy and mitophagy in cellular damage control. Redox Biology. 1:19-23  23946931 
Benavides GA, Liang Q, Dodson M, Darley-Usmar V, Zhang J. Inhibition of autophagy and glycolysis by nitric oxide during hypoxia-reoxygenation impairs cellular bioenergetics and promotes cell death in primary neurons.Free Radic Biol Med. 2013 Sep 19. pii: S0891-5849(13)00609-6. doi: 10.1016/j.  24056030 
M Dodson, Q Liang, MS Johnson, M Redmann, N Fineberg, VM Darley-Usmar, J Zhang, Inhibition of glycolysis attenuates 4-hydroxynonenal-dependent autophagy and exacerbates apoptosis in differentiated SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. Autophagy 9 (12), 18-30  24145463 

Autophagy, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, lysosomes, mitochondria, redox signaling