UTHSC researcher receives prestigious Gottschalk award
Dr. Zheng Dong, assistant professor in the department of pathology, is one of only three researchers nationwide selected to receive the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar award. The grant will provide $200,000 in research funds over the next two years.
"I feel highly honored by this particular award because it pays tribute to the work of Dr. Gottschalk, a pioneer in kidney research," Dr. Dong said. Dr. Gottschalk is internationally renowned for his discoveries in renal physiology.
Dr. Dong is studying the cellular response to hypoxia, or lack of oxygen. "In the project funded by the Gottschalk Scholar award, we will specifically focus on the mechanisms underlying cellular adaptation to hypoxia," Dr. Dong said. "These studies are of significance because adaptation to hypoxia has been recognized as an important factor involved in solid tumor development."
The American Society of Nephrology, the Texas Advanced Research Program, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health also support Dr. Dong's work. The National Kidney Foundation named him the Patricia W. Robinson Young Investigator for 2001.
"The Gottschalk Award is a fitting tribute to Dr. Dong's excellence as an investigator," said Dr. Manjeri Venkatachalam, professor in the department of pathology. "He is an imaginative and hardworking scientist who has made important and novel contributions in the field of hypoxic cell injury and hypoxia-mediated gene regulation."
Dr. Dong joined the UTHSC in 1994 after receiving his doctorate degree from the Shanghai Institute of Physiology, a premier research institute in China. He initially worked as a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of Dr. Venkatachalam.