Lab Contact Info

LAB:  835 S Wolcott Ave

E420 MSB

        909 S Wolcott Ave

4100 COMRB

PH #:  (312) 355-0238

FAX:  (312) 996-1225

Zhao Lab

Current Lab Members

Xianming Zhang, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Inflammatory lung injury and endothelial repair, stem cells.

Narsa M Reddy, PhD

Research Assistant Professor


Lung injury repair.

Junjie Xing, PhD

Visiting Instructor

Macrophage function polarization and resolution of inflammatory injury.

Colin Evans, PhD

Visiting Scholar


Elucidation of mechanisms that control thrombosis-associated pulmonary diseases including acute respiratory distress syndrome and lung cancer. Improving understanding of thrombosis-induced hypoxic signalling pathways that could be targeted to improve patient outcome. 

Xiaojia Huang, PhD

Visiting Scholar

Endothelial regeneration in aging lungs and sepsis.

Zhiyu Dai, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate


My research focus is studying the role of cellular mechanisms for severe pulmonary vascular remodeling in pulmonary hypertension and identification of novel targets for pulmonary hypertension.

Varsha Suresh Kumar, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

Stem cell biology and endothelial regeneration.

Antoine Tarjus, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate


Vascular fibrosis and right heart failure in PAH.

Mengqi Zhu, MS

Predoctoral Student

Pulmonary vascular remodeling and pulmonary hypertension.

Research Interests

Vascular Biology

Endothelial Cell Biology, Endothelial Regeneration & Endothelial Barrier Repair

Lung Biology & Pathophysiology (Acute Lung Injury & Pulmonary Hypertension)

Inflammation Signaling Mechanisms

Cell Receptors & Signaling

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Past Trainees

Khiem Tran, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

2010 - 2013

Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine, CA

Xiaojia Huang, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

2010 - 2013

Current Position:  Associate Professor, Jiangsu University, Jiangsu, China

Xiaojing Wu, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

2011 - 2012

Current Position:  Professor, The 3rd Military Medical University, China

Yidan Zhao, MD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

2009 - 2011

Current Position:  Staff Scientist, University of Toronto, Canada

M Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD

Predoctoral Student

2006 - 2011

Current Position:  Assistant Professor and Medical Director of Molecular Pathology, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL