Zheng Dong

Regents' Professor

Zheng Dong

Regents' Professor


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

The Graduate School

Other Duties

Charbonnier Chair for Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Cellular Biology and Anatomy


Dr. Dong is Regents’ Professor and Leon H. Charbonnier Endowed Chair at Medical College of Georgia of Augusta University, and a Senior Research Career Scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Director of Research & Development at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta. He is a recognized leader in the research field of kidney injury, protection and repair.

  • (706) 721-2825
  • (706) 721-6120
  • CB 1124B


  • Ph.D., Neurobiology and Anatomy Shanghai Inst of Physiology, 1994

  • BS, Microbiology, General Fudan University, 1989

Awards & Honors

  • Senior Research Career Scientist Award Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013

  • Regents’ Professorship University System of Georgia, 2011

  • Siemens Competition Mentor award Siemens Foundation, 2009

  • Research Career Scientist Award Department of Veterans Affairs, 2008

  • Distinguished Faculty Award in Basic Science Medical College of Georgia, 2005

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • ANAT 9210

    Invest of a Problem
  • BIOM 8022

    Molecular Cell Biology

Teaching Interests

Cell biology


Selected Recent Publications

  • Extracellular vesicles for renal therapeutics: State of the art and future perspective., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Inflammation in kidney repair: Mechanism and therapeutic potential., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Phosphorylation by GSK-3β increases the stability of SIRT6 to alleviate TGF-β-induced fibrotic response in renal tubular cells., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • NFAT inhibitor 11R-VIVIT ameliorates mouse renal fibrosis after ischemia-reperfusion-induced acute kidney injury., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Susceptibility of renal fibrosis in diabetes: Role of hypoxia inducible factor-1., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

kidney pathophysiology

Department Service

  • Faculty Mentoring Program 2013 - Present

    Role: Faculty Mentor

University Service

  • VA-AU Research Ethics Investigation Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Regents’ Professorship Recommendation Committee 2013 - Present

  • VA-AU Affiliated Research Partnership Council 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta VAMC Director of Research Development 2011 - Present

  • Augusta VAMC Animal Care and Use (IACUC) Committee 2008 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Journal of American Society of Nephrology 2015 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • International Grant Review Panels (Hong Kong) 2013 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • International Grant Review Panels (UK) 2011 - Present

  • American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology 2011 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • American Society of Nephrology Annual meeting abstract review: member for AKI Basic 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair