• The Zhang Lab is seeking a postdoctoral scholar and a graduate student or a MSTP student. We are a very collegial and diverse group working on exciting new research integration of autophagy, metabolism and redox signaling in the nervous system in the context of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases at the Department of Pathology in University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Interested, passionate, and dedicated to design and perform interesting and important research
    Good communication skills and be willing to do collaborative as well as independent research
    Good work ethic
    Take initiatives

    Minimum qualifications:
    For the postdoc position: PhD in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neuroscience or related field. For the student position: admitted into UAB GBS or MSTP programs.

    Additional attributes for a postdoc:
    Experience in working with animals
    Experience in cell culture
    Experience in microscopy and immunohistochemistry
    Experience in basic molecular biology techniques
    Experience in writing and publishing research articles
    Those interested in the position should email a cover letter with a summary of research experience, interest and objectives, a current CV and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jianhua Zhang (zhanja@uab.edu).
    Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Global impact of somatic structural variation on the DNA methylome of human cancersGenome Biology.  20:209. 2019
    2019 Acute increases in O-glcNAc indirectly impair mitochondrial bioenergetics through dysregulation of lonp1-mediated mitochondrial protein complex turnoverLife Science Alliance.  316:C862-C875. 2019
    2019 Bioenergetics and translational metabolism: Implications for genetics, physiology and precision medicineArtificial Cells, Blood Substitutes and Biotechnology2019
    2019 Metabolic reprogramming toward oxidative phosphorylation identifies a therapeutic target for mantle cell lymphomaScience Translational Medicine.  11. 2019
    2019 Multiplex profiling of peritoneal metastases from gastric adenocarcinoma identified novel targets and molecular subtypes that predict treatment responseGut2019
    2018 Exosomal transfer of mitochondria from airway myeloid-derived regulatory cells to T cellsRedox Biology.  18:54-64. 2018
    2018 Identification of Compounds That Decrease Glioblastoma Growth and Glucose Uptake in VitroPediatric Annals.  13:2048-2057. 2018
    2018 Methods for assessing mitochondrial quality control mechanisms and cellular consequences in cell cultureRedox Biology.  17:59-69. 2018
    2018 Clearance of somatic mutations at remission and the risk of relapse in acute myeloid leukemiaJournal of Clinical Oncology.  36:1788-1797. 2018
    2018 Temporal partitioning of adaptive responses of the murine heart to fastingLife Sciences.  197:30-39. 2018
    2018 Mitochondrial function and autophagy: integrating proteotoxic, redox, and metabolic stress in Parkinson's diseaseJournal of Neurochemistry.  144:691-709. 2018
    2018 The lysosomal enzyme alpha-Galactosidase A is deficient in Parkinson's disease brain in association with the pathologic accumulation of alpha-synucleinNeurobiology of Disease.  110:68-81. 2018
    2018 Glutaminolysis is required for transforming growth factor-β1-induced myofibroblast differentiation and activationJournal of Biological Chemistry.  293:1218-1228. 2018
    2017 Glutaminolysis is required for transforming growth factor-β1-induced myofibroblast differentiation and activation.Journal of Biological Chemistry.  293:1218-1228. 2017
    2017 Regulation of autophagy, mitochondrial dynamics, and cellular bioenergetics by 4-hydroxynonenal in primary neuronsJournal of Business, Industry and Economics.  13:1828-1840. 2017
    2017 Genetic disruption of the cardiomyocyte circadian clock differentially influences insulin-mediated processes in the heartJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  110:80-95. 2017
    2017 Autophagy-related protein Vps34 controls the homeostasis and function of antigen cross-presenting CD8α+ dendritic cellsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  114:E6371-E6380. 2017
    2017 O-GlcNAc regulation of autophagy and α-synuclein homeostasis; Implications for Parkinson's diseaseMolecular Brain.  10. 2017
    2017 Haplodeficiency of Cathepsin D does not affect cerebral amyloidosis and autophagy in APP/PS1 transgenic miceJournal of Neurochemistry.  142:297-304. 2017
    2017 Myocardial Upregulation of Cathepsin D by Ischemic Heart Disease Promotes Autophagic Flux and Protects Against Cardiac Remodeling and Heart FailureJournal of Multimedia.  10. 2017
    2017 O-GlcNAcylation and neurodegenerationJournal of Educational Research.  133:80-87. 2017
    2017 Oxidative stress and neurodegenerationJournal of Educational Research.  133:1-3. 2017
    2017 A central role for R7bp in the regulation of itch sensationPAIN.  158:931-944. 2017
    2017 Autophagy and the redox connection: Virtual collection Vol 2Redox Biology.  11:620-621. 2017
    2017 Inhibition of autophagy with bafilomycin and chloroquine decreases mitochondrial quality and bioenergetic function in primary neuronsRedox Biology.  11:73-81. 2017
    2017 Trehalose does not improve neuronal survival on exposure to alpha-synuclein pre-formed fibrilsRedox Biology.  11:429-437. 2017
    2017 NADPH Oxidase 4 (Nox4) suppresses mitochondrial biogenesis and bioenergetics in lung fibroblasts via a nuclear factor erythroid-derived 2-like 2 (Nrf2)-dependent pathwayJournal of Biological Chemistry.  292:3029-3038. 2017
    2017 TRIP12 as a mediator of human papillomavirus/p16-related radiation enhancement effectsOncogene.  36:820-828. 2017
    2017 Overexpression of SMOC2 attenuates the tumorigenicity of hepatocellular carcinoma cells and is associated with a positive postoperative prognosis in human hepatocellular carcinomaJournal of Cancer.  8:3812-3827. 2017
    2016 Redox biology and the interface between bioenergetics, autophagy and circadian control of metabolismFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  100:94-107. 2016
    2016 Differential regulation of autophagy and mitophagy in pulmonary diseasesPeritoneal Dialysis International.  311:L433-L452. 2016
    2016 Abrogation of Nrf2 impairs antioxidant signaling and promotes atrial hypertrophy in response to high-intensity exercise stressJournal of Translational Medicine.  14. 2016
    2016 Metabolic, autophagic, and mitophagic activities in cancer initiation and progressionExpert Opinion on Biological Therapy.  39:98-106. 2016
    2016 Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (3rd edition)Journal of Business, Industry and Economics.  12:1-222. 2016
    2016 Decreased TPD52 expression is associated with poor prognosis in primary hepatocellular carcinomaOncotarget.  7:6323-6334. 2016
    2016 Novel mechanisms for the antifibrotic action of nintedanibInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering.  54:51-59. 2016
    2016 The role of autophagy, mitophagy and lysosomal functions in modulating bioenergetics and survival in the context of redox and proteotoxic damage: Implications for neurodegenerative diseasesJournal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business.  7:150-162. 2016
    2015 Erratum: KEAP1-NRF2 signalling and autophagy in protection against oxidative and reductive proteotoxicity (Biochemical Journal (2015) 469 (347-355))European Journal of Histochemistry.  471:431. 2015
    2015 KEAP1-NRF2 signalling and autophagy in protection against oxidative and reductive proteotoxicityEuropean Journal of Histochemistry.  469:347-355. 2015
    2015 Upregulation of autophagy decreases chlorine-induced mitochondrial injury and lung inflammationFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  85:83-94. 2015
    2015 Teaching the basics of autophagy and mitophagy to redox biologists-Mechanisms and experimental approachesRedox Biology.  4:242-259. 2015
    2015 Regulation of autophagy by protein post-translational modificationLaboratory Investigation.  95:14-25. 2015
    2014 SCCA1/SERPINB3 promotes oncogenesis and epithelial-mesenchymal transition via the unfolded protein response and IL6 signalingCurrent Protocols in Toxicology.  74:6318-6329. 2014
    2014 Aging and energetics' 'Top 40' future research opportunities 2010-2013F1000Research.  3. 2014
    2014 Autophagy as an essential cellular antioxidant pathway in neurodegenerative diseaseRedox Biology.  2:82-90. 2014
    2014 Decreased expression of TRIM3 is associated with poor prognosis in patients with primary hepatocellular carcinomaMedical Oncology.  31. 2014
    2014 Mitophagy mechanisms and role in human diseasesThe International journal of biochemistry.  53:127-133. 2014
    2014 Over-expression of an inactive mutant cathepsin D increases endogenous alpha-synuclein and cathepsin B activity in SH-SY5Y cellsJournal of Neurochemistry.  128:950-961. 2014
    2014 Redox regulation of antioxidants, autophagy, and the response to stress: Implications for electrophile therapeuticsFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  71:196-207. 2014
    2014 The Bioenergetic Health Index: a new concept in mitochondrial translational research.The New biologist.  127:367-373. 2014
    2014 The role of GABARAPL1/GEC1 in autophagic flux and mitochondrial quality control in MDA-MB-436 breast cancer cellsJournal of Business, Industry and Economics.  10:986-1003. 2014
    2013 Inhibition of glycolysis attenuates 4-hydroxynonenal-dependent autophagy and exacerbates apoptosis in differentiated SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cellsJournal of Business, Industry and Economics.  9:1996-2008. 2013
    2013 Dysfunctional mitochondrial bioenergetics and oxidative stress in Akita+/Ins2-derived β-cellsGroup Practice Journal.  305. 2013
    2013 Bioenergetic and autophagic control by Sirt3 in response to nutrient deprivation in mouse embryonic fibroblastsEuropean Journal of Histochemistry.  454:249-257. 2013
    2013 Impaired autophagy, defective t cell homeostasis, and a wasting syndrome in mice with a t cell-specific deletion of Vps34Journal of Immunology.  190:5086-5101. 2013
    2013 Specific Distribution of the Autophagic Protein GABARAPL1/GEC1 in the Developing and Adult Mouse Brain and Identification of Neuronal Populations Expressing GABARAPL1/GEC1PLoS ONE.  8. 2013
    2013 Dopamine and its metabolites in cathepsin D heterozygous mice before and after MPTP administrationNeuroscience Letters.  538:3-8. 2013
    2013 ICAD Deficiency in Human Colon Cancer and Predisposition to Colon Tumorigenesis: Linkage to Apoptosis Resistance and Genomic InstabilityPLoS ONE.  8. 2013
    2013 Apoptotic DNA fragmentation may be a cooperative activity between caspase-activated deoxyribonuclease and the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-regulated DNAS1L3, an endoplasmic reticulum-localized endonucleasethat translocates to the nucleus during apoptosisJournal of Biological Chemistry.  288:3460-3468. 2013
    2013 Convergent mechanisms for dysregulation of mitochondrial quality control in metabolic disease: Implications for mitochondrial therapeuticsAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases.  41:127-133. 2013
    2013 Autophagy and mitophagy in cellular damage controlRedox Biology.  1:616-630. 2013
    2013 Autophagy as an essential cellular antioxidant pathway in neurodegenerative disease, Redox Biology 2 (2014) 82–90 2013
    2013 Cellular metabolic and autophagic pathways: Traffic control by redox signalingFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  63:207-221. 2013
    2013 Dysfunctional mitochondrial bioenergetics and oxidative stress in Akita+/Ins2-derived β-cellsHealth Education Research.  599. 2013
    2013 Inhibition of autophagy and glycolysis by nitric oxide during hypoxia-reoxygenation impairs cellular bioenergetics and promotes cell death in primary neuronsFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  65:1215-1228. 2013
    2013 Utilization of fluorescent probes for the quantification and identification of subcellular proteomes and biological processes regulated by lipid peroxidation productsFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  59:56-68. 2013
    2012 Integration of cellular bioenergetics with mitochondrial quality control and autophagyArtificial Cells, Blood Substitutes and Biotechnology.  393:1485-1512. 2012
    2012 Distinct Effects of Rotenone, 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium and 6-hydroxydopamine on Cellular Bioenergetics and Cell DeathPLoS ONE.  7. 2012
    2012 Genetically engineered mouse models of Parkinson's diseaseJournal of Educational Research.  88:13-32. 2012
    2012 Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagyJournal of Business, Industry and Economics.  8:445-544. 2012
    2012 Hemin causes mitochondrial dysfunction in endothelial cells through promoting lipid peroxidation: The protective role of autophagyJournal of Mid-Life Health.  302. 2012
    2012 Class III PI3K Vps34 plays an essential role in autophagy and in heart and liver functionProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  109:2003-2008. 2012
    2012 Autophagy, mitochondria and oxidative stress: Cross-talk and redox signallingEuropean Journal of Histochemistry.  441:523-540. 2012
    2012 Mammalian PIK3C3/VPS34: The key to autophagic processing in liver and heartJournal of Business, Industry and Economics.  8:707-708. 2012
    2011 Differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells to a neuronal phenotype changes cellular bioenergetics and the response to oxidative stressFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  51:2007-2017. 2011
    2011 Assessing bioenergetic function in response to oxidative stress by metabolic profilingFree Radical Biology and Medicine.  51:1621-1635. 2011
    2011 Reduction of mutant huntingtin accumulation and toxicity by lysosomal cathepsins D and B in neuronsMolecular Neurodegeneration.  6. 2011
    2011 Systems biology of the autophagy-lysosomal pathwayJournal of Business, Industry and Economics.  7:477-489. 2011
    2010 Lysosomal function in macromolecular homeostasis and bioenergetics in Parkinson's diseaseMolecular Neurodegeneration.  5. 2010
    2010 Lysosome dysfunction triggers Atg7-dependent neural apoptosisJournal of Biological Chemistry.  285:10497-10507. 2010
    2010 Alpha-synuclein gene structure, evolution, and protein aggregationNeural Regeneration Research.  5:1423-1428. 2010
    2009 Inhibition of lysosomal functions reduces proteasomal activityNeuroscience Letters.  456:15-19. 2009
    2008 Fos regulates neuronal activity in the nucleus accumbensNeuroscience Letters.  448:157-160. 2008
    2008 The autophagy-lysosomal degradation pathway: Role in neurodegenerative disease and therapyFrontiers in Bioscience.  13:718-736. 2008
    2008 Differential activation of c-Fos and caspase-3 in hippocampal neuron subpopulations following neonatal hypoxia-ischemiaJournal of Neuroscience Research.  86:1115-1124. 2008
    2008 Lysosomal enzyme cathepsin D protects against alpha-synuclein aggregation and toxicity.Molecular Brain.  1:17. 2008
    2007 Lack of self-administration of cocaine in dopamine D1 receptor knock-out miceJournal of Neuroscience.  27:13140-13150. 2007
    2007 Dopamine D1 and D3 receptors oppositely regulate NMDA- and cocaine-induced MAPK signaling via NMDA receptor phosphorylationJournal of Neurochemistry.  103:840-848. 2007
    2007 Deficiency of DNA fragmentation factor 45 results in reduced oocyte apoptosis in response to doxorubicinJournal of Mental Health Counseling.  17:735-736. 2007
    2007 The dopamine D3 receptor antagonist NGB 2904 increases spontaneous and amphetamine-stimulated locomotionPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.  86:718-726. 2007
    2007 Kainic acid induces early and transient autophagic stress in mouse hippocampusNeuroscience Letters.  414:57-60. 2007
    2007 The Aedes albopictus inhibitor of apoptosis 1 gene protects vertebrate cells from bluetongue virus-induced apoptosisInsect Molecular Biology.  16:93-105. 2007
    2007 Effects of acute "binge" cocaine on mRNA levels of μ opioid receptor and neuropeptides in dopamine D1 or D3 receptor knockout miceSynapse.  61:50-59. 2007
    2006 c-Fos facilitates the acquisition and extinction of cocaine-induced persistent changesJournal of Neuroscience.  26:13287-13296. 2006
    2006 Dose-response analysis of locomotor activity and stereotypy in dopamine D3 receptor mutant mice following acute amphetamineSynapse.  60:399-405. 2006
    2006 Deficient hippocampal c-fos expression results in reduced anxiety and altered response to chronic stress in female miceNeuroscience Letters.  403:125-130. 2006
    2006 c-fos modulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor mRNA expression in mouse hippocampal CA3 and dentate gyrus neuronsNeuroscience Letters.  400:177-180. 2006
    2006 Opposite regulation of cocaine-induced intracellular signaling and gene expression by dopamine D1 and D3 receptorsOnkologie.  1074:1-12. 2006
    2005 Repeated cocaine administration induces gene expression changes through the dopamine D1 receptorsNeuropsychopharmacology.  30:1443-1454. 2005
    2005 Erythropoietin prevents the acute myocardial inflammatory response induced by ischemia/reperfusion via induction of AP-1Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing.  65:719-727. 2005
    2004 Neural system-enriched gene expression: Relationship to biological pathways and neurological diseasesPhysiological Genomics.  18:167-183. 2004
    2004 Molecular genetic probing of dopamine receptors in drug addictionRecent Patents on Computer Science.  7:703-708. 2004
    2004 Role of endonuclease G in neuronal excitotoxicity in miceNeuroscience Letters.  364:203-207. 2004
    2004 c-fos regulates neuropeptide Y expression in mouse dentate gyrusNeuroscience Letters.  363:6-10. 2004
    2004 Cocaine-Induced Intracellular Signaling and Gene Expression Are Oppositely Regulated by the Dopamine D1 and D3 ReceptorsJournal of Neuroscience.  24:3344-3354. 2004
    2004 Bioconductor: open software development for computational biology and bioinformatics.Genome Biology.  5. 2004
    2003 Endonuclease G is required for early embryogenesis and normal apoptosis in miceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  100:15782-15787. 2003
    2003 Function of γ-Aminobutyric Acid Receptor/Channel ρ1 Subunits in Spinal CordJournal of Biological Chemistry.  278:48321-48329. 2003
    2003 7-OH-DPAT and PD 128907 selectively activate the D3 dopamine receptor in a novel environmentNeuropsychopharmacology.  28:100-107. 2003
    2003 Generating gene knockout mice for studying mechanisms underlying drug addiction.Methods in Molecular Medicine.  79:351-363. 2003
    2002 Hippocampal expression of c-fos is not essential for spatial learningSynapse.  46:91-99. 2002
    2002 c-fos-deficient mouse hippocampal CA3 pyramidal neurons exhibit both enhanced basal and kainic acid-induced excitabilityNeuroscience Letters.  331:151-154. 2002
    2002 Expression profiles of 109 apoptosis pathway-related genes in 82 mouse tissues and experimental conditionsJournal of Healthcare Leadership.  297:537-544. 2002
    2002 The dopamine D1 receptor is a critical mediator for cocaine-induced gene expressionJournal of Neurochemistry.  82:1453-1464. 2002
    2002 DNA fragmentation factor 45 knockout mice exhibit longer memory retention in the novel object recognition task compared to wild-type micePhysiology and Behavior.  76:315-320. 2002
    2002 Apoptotic DNA fragmentation and tissue homeostasisTrends in Cell Biology.  12:84-89. 2002
    2002 Identification of chronic cocaine-induced gene expression through dopamine D1 receptors by using cDNA microarraysOnkologie.  965:1-9. 2002
    2002 c-fos regulates neuronal excitability and survivalNature Genetics.  30:416-420. 2002
    2001 Presence of DNA fragmentation and lack of neuroprotective effect in DFF45 knockout mice subjected to traumatic brain injuryMolecular Medicine.  7:205-216. 2001
    2001 Toward a molecular understanding of psychostimulant actions using genetically engineered dopamine receptor knockout mice as model systemsJournal of Addictive Diseases.  20:7-18. 2001
    2001 DNA fragmentation factor 45 mutant mice exhibit resistance to kainic acid-induced neuronal cell deathJournal of Healthcare Leadership.  285:1143-1149. 2001
    2000 Lack of obvious 50 kilobase pair DNA fragments in DNA fragmentation factor 45-deficient thymocytes upon activation of apoptosisJournal of Healthcare Leadership.  274:225-229. 2000
    2000 DNA fragmentation factor 45 deficient mice exhibit enhanced spatial learning and memory compared to wild-type control miceProceedings of the Falk Foundation.  867:70-79. 2000
    2000 Behavioral responses to cocaine and amphetamine administration in mice lacking the dopamine D1 receptorProceedings of the Falk Foundation.  852:198-207. 2000
    2000 DNA fragmentation in apoptosisJournal of Mental Health Counseling.  10:205-211. 2000
    2000 Probing the role of the dopamine D1 receptor in psychostimulant addictionOnkologie.  914:13-21. 2000
    1999 DNA fragmentation factor 45-deficient cells are more resistant to apoptosis and exhibit different dying morphology than wild-type control cellsJournal of Biological Chemistry.  274:37450-37454. 1999
    1998 Resistance to DNA fragmentation and chromatin condensation in mice lacking the DNA fragmentation factor 45Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  95:12480-12485. 1998
    1995 Association of an activator with an RNA polymerase II holoenzymeGenes and Development.  9. 1995


    Year Title Altmetric
    2017 ROS and epigenetics.  519-533. 2017
    2013 Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species: Interactions with Mitochondria and Pathophysiology.  17-22. 2013
    2012 Mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative disease: Protein aggregation, autophagy, and oxidative stress.  95-111. 2012
    2009 Apoptosis in neurodegenerative diseases.  479-504. 2009
    2006 Cell Death and Transcription.  431-444. 2006
    2006 Comparative Genomics of Tissue Specific Gene Expression.  393-408. 2006

    Research Overview

  • Our research focus is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for autophagy, mitophagy and lysosomal functions, how these are linked to redox biology and bioenergetics, and how these mechanisms play important roles in pathogenesis of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular diseases, including neuroinflammation, as well as immune system function, and provide opportunities for therapeutics development. We are approaching this by using state of the art genetic models and advanced biochemical, omics, metabolic and redox related technologies.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Zhang has been an active teacher and mentor for Post-Doctoral Scholars, Graduate, Undergraduate, and Medical students. She is committed to creating a supportive and inspiring environment for the development of the individual trainees. She works closely with trainees, with regular in-depth discussions of concepts, approaches, experimental details, problem-solving and data interpretations. She will help the student learn both from success and from the inevitable setbacks that occur in research, provide opportunities and guidance for them not only to develop experimental skills, but also to learn how to review and write manuscripts, how to critique and write grant applications, how to interact with collaborators and support each other as a team. All her students have been given opportunities to give oral presentations, several received young investigator awards for their presentations at national or local meetings. She aims to inspire passion for research while emphasizing rigor, reproducibility, transparency, and responsible conduct in research. Many prior trainees are still in close contact, and receive support and consultation during the development of their long-term career goals. She is currently course directors for:
    GBS701 - Core Concepts in Research (Fall Term 2019) (UAB Course Taught)
    GBS754 - Autophagy in Disease & Med (Fall Term 2019) (UAB Course Taught)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cell / Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Texas System : Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 1991
  • Full Name

  • Jianhua Zhang