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  • Xiaoyi Zheng

    Xiaoyi Zheng

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nephrology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I hope you have a happy day with your research!

    Nephrology (postdoc 2013-current)

    Diabetes causes kidney disease in 40% of the patients, and people don`t know which gene(s) causes the differential susceptibility to kidney disease. By using modern biotechnology such as microarray, I aim to identify the genes that cause diabetic kidney disease. These genes may become biomarkers for early diagnosis or new therapeutic targets for treatments. My expertise includes primary cell isolation and flow cytometry, IHC/IF (paraffin and frozen), WB/qPCR, establishing ELISA methods, chromatography, cell culture, animals/i.v. injection/hydrodynamic injection. I have a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship from Larry L. Hillblom Foundation.

    Cancer (Ph.D 2009-2013)

    Late diagnosis of cancer often causes death due to metastasis. By establishing ELISA method to detect a new cancer marker, I aim to detect cancer early so that the doctors can eliminate death. This new cancer marker and ELISA method are patented or under patent application. I further studied the biological function of this cancer marker to discover a new therapeutic target.

    Communication facilitator (2014-current)

    A scientist needs communications to promote their research. I learned scientific communication in Stanford Leadership in Communication (workshop), and later become a facilitator in the workshop to coach beginners.