Dr. Zheng received his Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California - San Francisco, Stanford University, and Genentech, Inc. He joined the UCSD Department of Neurosciences as a faculty member in 2005. Dr. Zheng's lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of axon regeneration after injury to the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord). This research is directly relevant to therapeutic development for spinal cord injury, white matter stroke and certain neurodegenerative disorders. They use genetically modified mice, experimental spinal cord injury and in vivo 2-photon imaging in their work. In addition, Dr. Zheng's lab is developing ways to turn human pluripotent stem cells into clinically important neuronal populations to explore their developmental and therapeutic potential.