Jing Zheng, PhD

Email: jzheng@wisc.edu
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology
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BS 1982 Xiamen University, P.R. China
MS 1992 North Dakota State University
PhD 1995 North Dakota State University

Research Focus

My current research directions are to investigate mechanisms governing actions of angiogenic factors on fetoplacental vasculature with a specific interest in the intracellular signaling pathways. Specific research projects include 1) determining whether in the fetoplacenta bFGF- & VEGF-induced angiogenesis is modulated in part via an increase in production of nitric oxide which in turn activates MEK/ERK and PI3K/Akt signal pathways and increases expression of bFGF & VEGF as well as their receptors; 2) determining whether newly identified VEGF receptor, neuropilin-1 and –2, are expressed in endothelial cells and their roles in placental angiogenesis and vasodilators; and 3) exploring roles of angiotensin II in regulation of angiogenesis and vasodilation. In addition, another area of Dr. Zheng’s research is to study the mechanisms underlying endothelial differentiation from human embryonic stem cells.

Program Activities

  • Joined ERP Program: 2001
  • Teaching
    • Animal Sciences 875 – Endocrine Physiology
    • Animal Sciences 875 – Pregnancy, Parturition, and Lactation
  • Committees
    • Member – Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Admissions Committee

Research Funding

  • PI NIH 2R01HL64703 4/1/05-3/30/09 Effects of Nitric Oxide on FetoPlacental Angiogenesis


Current Trainees Degree Goal
Qingyun Zou PhD
Rosalina Villalon Landeros PhD
Past Trainees Degree Completed
Yan Li PhD
Yang Song PhD
Yizhou Jiang PhD