Dr Jie Zhang
Consulting Editor: Jie Zhang (PhD)
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Jie Zhang graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland in 2007, and immediately commenced her Doctor of Philosophy studies in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland on the use of Connexin43 Antisense Oligonucleotides for enhancing spinal cord repair in conjunction with peripheral nerve grafting. She has established an ex vivo organotypic spinal cord culture model and investigated the effects of Connexin43 Antisense Oligonucleotides in an in vivo model of spinal cord injury. After graduating from her PhD in 2011, she took on the position of postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology to investigate the role of connexin channels and reactive gliosis in retinal and optic nerve damage. She has since broadened her research area into the mechanisms of optic damage in normotensive glaucoma, and is establishing a novel animal model of glaucoma. In the meantime, she is also involved in an exciting program of developing an artificial cornea with advanced mechanical and cellular properties for corneal transplantation.