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Hong Zheng, M.D.




  • Assistant Professor, Basic Biomedical Science
  • USD Sanford School of Medicine


  • M.D., Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China

Current Research:

My research interests are to define the interaction of neurotransmitters/modulators within the central nervous system in regulation of sympathetic outflow and cardiovascular functions in chronic heart failure and diabetes. In particular, I am interested in investigating the interactions of neuro-humoral components (including dopamine, leptin, glutamate) regulation of cardiovascular functions in the cardiovascular diseases including diabetes.

In addition, I have recent evidence indicating that increased proteases in the renal tubular fluid may contribute to the enhanced renal epithelial sodium channel activity, providing a novel mechanistic insight for sodium retention commonly observed in chronic heart failure. The long-term significance and direction of these experiments will be to gain insight into beneficial effects of renal denervation on sodium fluid retention endemic to chronic heart failure.