APOM Lab Research Postdoctoral Fellows

Jian Liang MD, PhD

Jian Liang got his M.D and Ph.D. in China in 1984 and 2002 respectively, and he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow in the APOM Research Division since September 2015. He was a surgeon for 8 years in China and worked as a researcher on the field of inflammation and stroke at the University of Central Florida from 2007 to 2015. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the most frequent cause of permanent disability in adults worldwide. It is becoming increasingly clear that inflammation and innate immune response play an important role in the brain injury after ischemic stroke. His long-term goal is to elucidate the molecular mechanism and the relationship between innate immune response (inflammation) and stroke pathology, and in the long run to shed light on discovering novel potential therapeutic targets for stroke treatment. When not working he enjoys reading, music and sporting.

Carmen Methner, PhD


Dr. Methner joined Dr. Alkayed's lab as a postdoctoral fellow in January 2014. After earning her PhD from the University of Greifswald, Germany, her first postdoctoral position was in Cambridge, UK, where her research focus was on cardio protective mechanism against ischemia reperfusion injury. During that time she was able to establish an in vivo mouse model of myocardial infarction, which also allowed investigating chronic heart failure development. This research was partly funded by the European section of the International Society of Heart Research, ISHR-ES/SERVIER Award. Her current research project is focusing on imaging microvascular perfusion and pericytes dynamics by using two-photon microscopy.

Wenbin Zhu, MD

Wenbin Zhu

Wenbin Zhu MD, who is from Nanjing, China, began working as a postdoctoral fellow in the APOM Research Division in June 2012. He has been a neurological physician for more than 15 years and has now transferred his interests to research on ischemic stroke. In his previous research in APOM Research (2007-2009), he investigated the role of progesterone in isoflurane preconditioning ischemic female mouse brain as well as the neuroprotective effect of dihydrotestosterone to isoflurane preconditioning ischemic male mouse brain. Currenlty, he is will focus on the study of mechanisms of ischemic stroke and the potential for future neuroprotective drugs. He earned a medical degree at the Hunan Medical University in China and completed his residency in the department of neurology at the First Hospital of Changsha in China. When not working he enjoys music, reading, and photography.

APOM Research Trainees