Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849
DVM, China, 1982
Dr. Zhong joined the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He received his DVM from China in 1982 and his PhD in Physiology from University of Missouri in 1995. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Drs. Joseph Hume and Kathleen Keef at University of Nevada School of Medicine and was promoted to a research assistant professor there in 1999.
The research interests of my laboratory include cardiac and vascular smooth muscle electrophysiology and pharmacology. One of the primary goals of my research is to investigate the signaling pathways underlying ion channel regulation in both cardiac and vascular smooth muscle cells under normal and pathophysiological conditions. Ion channels play a center role in the excitation-contraction coupling of these cells, and thus directly control cardiac function and vascular tone. Abnormal activity of these channels directly contributes to the heart diseases and abnormal blood pressure. Application of patch clamp technique allows us to study these channels in the freshly isolated cardiac and vascular smooth muscle cells. Another primary focus of my laboratory is to investigate the cellular mechanisms underlying myocardial dysfunction resulted from various patho-physiological conditions. Specifically, we try to understand the mechanisms that influence intracellular calcium homeostasis and cell contraction of cardiac myocytes taken from different animal disease models.
Dr. Zhong’s teaching responsibilities include assist in team instruction in Basic Microanatomy of Domestic Animals (Microanatomy I, fall semester) and Organology of Domestic Animal (Microanatomy II, spring semester) to first year veterinary medical students as well as graduate courses.