- 741 South Limestone Street, Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building, Rm: 248D, Lexington, KY 40536-0298
BS: University of California - Los Angeles, 2013
I am a Los Angeles native and attended UCLA as a biochemistry major before joining the MD/PhD program at the University of Kentucky. Currently, I am a graduate student in Alan Daugherty's Lab working on factors that influence development of thoracic aortic anerysms in Marfan Syndrome using mice models.
I am particularly interested in the development of genetic thoracic aortic anerysms, which occur in the context of inherited disorders such as Marfan Syndrome. The causal gene for Marfan Syndrome was first identified in Eastern Kentucky families and is endemic to the region. My current research focuses on the role of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) in pathogenesis of aortic diseases. RAS is a well-studied endocrine and paracrine pathway with numerous FDA-approved, safe, and effective modulators; there is great promise in developing non-invasive medical treatments to address aortic diseases, which currently can only be definitively treated by surgical repair alone.
UKY CCTS TL-1
UKY CCTS PSMRF - July 2015
- Daugherty, A.; Chen, Z.; Sawada, H.; Rateri, DL ; Sheppard, MB "Transforming Growth Factor-β in Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms: Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?" Journal of the American Heart Association 6, 1 (2017): [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
- Tian, J.; Dang, H.; Nguyen, AV ; Chen, Z.; Kaufman, DL "Combined therapy with GABA and proinsulin/alum acts synergistically to restore long-term normoglycemia by modulating T-cell autoimmunity and promoting β-cell replication in newly diabetic NOD mice." Diabetes 63, 9 (2014): 3128-34. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]
- Tian, J.; Dang, H.; Chen, Z.; Guan, A.; Jin, Y.; Atkinson, MA ; Kaufman, DL "γ-Aminobutyric acid regulates both the survival and replication of human β-cells." Diabetes 62, 11 (2013): 3760-5. [PubMed Link] | [ Full text ]