Wenbin Zhu, M.D., M.S.; Senior Research Associate
Dr. Zhu joined APOM in 2012 as a post-doctor working for Dr. Alkayed and accepted the new appointment as Senior Research Associate in Dr. Alkayed’s lab in 2015. He previously graduated from Hunan Medical University and worked as a neurological physician more than 10 years in China. Dr. Zhu’s research interests focus on the pathophysiological mechanism and the seeking of possible neuroprotective agents of ischemic stroke. Dr. Zhu is specialized in the animal surgeries of MCAO model, CA/CPR model and OMAG scanning technique as well as the post-processing of OMAG data. In his free time, Dr. Zhu enjoys reading, movie, skiing and of course, the quality time with his family.
Lijuan (Helen) Liu, D.V.M.; Research Associate
Lijuan (Helen) Liu, D.V.M., is a research associate. She joined APOM in January of 2013. Dr. Liu received her DVM degree in China. Most recently, Dr. Liu worked in Dr. Donna Van Winkle’s lab, studying the mechanisms of cardioprotection induced by opioid peptides and
epoxyeicosatrienoic acids. Specifically, she used cardiomyocytes isolated from adult or neonatal mouse to study signal transduction (PI3K-AKT pathway) transactivated by G protein-coupled receptors (opioid receptors and EGFR receptors). In addition, she also
provided service for other laboratory personnel from OHSU in providing basic training for cardiomyocyte isolations and culture. Currently, she is working as the lead technician for the APOM Research Histology Core, providing technical expertise and support for a variety of research projects. Outside of the lab, Helen enjoys dancing and taking care her parents at home.
Zhiping (Jim) Cao, Ph.D.; Senior Research Associate
Zhiping (Jim) Cao, Ph.D., is a senior research associate. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Washington State University. . He then completed six years postdoctoral training at Institute of Neuroscience of University of Oregon. Dr. Cao joined APOM in January, 2013 after 12 years of cardiovascular research in Dr. Donna Van Winkle’s laboratory at the Portland Veterans
Affairs Medical Center studying the mechanisms of cardio protection induced by opioid peptides and epoxyeicosatrienoic acids. . In last 7years, he has been working on the function of GPR39 in vascular smooth muscle cells and pericytes of heart in terms of cardio protection and blood pressure regulation. When Jim has time, he enjoys singing and dancing. He is the group head of You Le Chinese Art Group of Portland.
Wenri Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.; Senior Research Associate
In July 2007, Dr. Wenri Zhang accepted an appointment as Senior Research Associate in the Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. Over the past several years, his research has been focused on gender-related outcomes of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion and, more specifically, the associated molecular mechanisms of neuroprotection, vascular biology, microcirculation, neurogenesis, and neurostereology. In 1996, Dr. Zhang graduated from the YanBian University School of Medicine in JiLin, China. After completing a residency in General Surgery, he entered the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine and Dentistry in Japan where he earned the PhD in Neuroscience in 2003. When he is away from the lab, Dr. Zhang enjoys running, playing soccer, and reading