Back to Main

Faculty Detail    
Name SHU-ZHEN WANG
 
Campus Address VH 444B Zip 0009
Phone 205-996-8678
E-mail szwang@uab.edu
Other websites
     


Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Ophthalmology  Ophthalmology Professor
Secondary  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology Professor
Center  Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases Center  Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases Center Professor
Center  Medicine  Comprehensive Diabetes Ctr Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Neuroscience Graduate Program 
Neurosciences 

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Wang came to the US for advanced training in plant molecular biology. After postgraduate work on nitrogen fixation, she joined vision research at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She came to UAB in 1995.

Research/Clinical Interest
Title
Description
Dr. Wang's research team is studying the molecular mechanism of early retinal development, using the embryonic chick as a model system to answer questions with molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, and experimental embryology. Investigations involve both in vitro and in vivo experimentation and emphasize the functional aspect of genes encoding bHLH and homeodomain proteins during cell fate determination. The ultimate goals are to identify factors that are critical for cell fate selection during retinal development and to employ these factors to induce unidirectional differentiation or transdifferentiation of non neuronal cells, such as pigment epithelium, into a particular type of retinal neurons, which may be used in cell replacement studies.