Shu-Zhen Wang, Ph.D.
Areas of Interest:age-related macular degeneration
Dr. Wang came to the U.S. for advanced training in plant molecular biology. After postgraduate work on molecular biology of nitrogen fixation, she joined vision research in 1990 at the Wilmer Eye Institute, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She came to UAB in 1995.
Dr. Wang’s research has been supported by the National Eye Institute/NIH, the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, the International Retinal Research Foundation, the Research to Prevent Blindness, and other private foundations. Dr. Wang has served on various national and international research grant review panels. She has reviewed manuscripts for a number of scientific journals and recently served as Editor of Retinal Development: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer Protocols (Humana Press).
Dr. Wang’s lab investigates a novel approach to generating photoreceptor cells in the mammalian eye – reprogramming the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) with a pro-photoreceptor gene to channel RPE’s well-known capacities of proliferation and plasticity toward photoreceptor production in situ in the eye. The ultimate goal is to repopulate the retina affiliated with photoreceptor degeneration with new cells generated in situ/on site, without involving cell transplantation and associated risks and complications.
Education & TrainingGraduate Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Previous Appointments: Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Contact InformationLocation: Volker Hall, 444B
Office Phone: 205-966-8678
Contact Person: Jennifer Spears, 205-966-8660