Zhenyu Zhong, Ph.D.
Zhenyu Zhong, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR180014
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
University of California, San Diego
Date Awarded: 
February 21, 2018
Grant Amount: 
$2,000,000

Dr. Zhenyu Zhong received his PhD degree in immunology from Loyola University Chicago and went on to complete his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Karin at University of California, San Diego. He joined UT Southwestern Medical Center as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology in September 2018. 

During his graduate study, Dr. Zhong demonstrated that calcium mobilization is required for optimal activation of a key innate immune receptor called the NLRP3 (Nod-like receptor pyrindomain-containing 3) inflammasome. Additionally, Dr. Zhong also directed a study that aims at developing a novel cancer vaccine to combat intestinal malignancy. Particularly, Dr. Zhong demonstrated, for the first time, that inducing caspase-1-mediated cell death pathway in vivo can efficiently eradicate established intestinal tumors in animal models of colorectal malignancy. 

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