Hao Zhu, MD
Year elected: 2019
Current membership category: Active
UT Southwestern
5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Kern Wildenthal Research Building NL.12.138A
Dallas, TX 75390-8502
United States of America
Phone: 214-648-2850
Email: Hao.Zhu@utsouthwestern.edu

Biographical statement

We seek to determine if the ability to regenerate and repair lost tissues increases or decreases the risk of cancer. Although it is often assumed that increased regenerative capacity confers greater cancer risk, we hypothesize that the potent regenerative abilities of the skin, intestine, and liver could serve to preserve tissue integrity, reduce inflammation, and resist transformation in the context of recurrent injury. In particular, we bring this question to bear on the problem of liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma, which most frequently arises in chronically damaged livers. We have demonstrated that it is possible to genetically augment regenerative capacity in mammals while simultaneously reducing cancer risk. 10% of my time is devoted to taking care of liver cancer patients at the Parkland Hospital Multidisciplinary Hepatocellular Carcinoma Clinic, work that fuels translational aspects of our research.

Institutional affiliations

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Primary)
Beth Levine, MD is the representative at this institution.

Specialties

Internal Medicine