Qingqing WeiQingqing Wei, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Office: R&E Building, CB1124
Phone: 706-721-3551
Fax: 706-721-6120
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Dr. Zheng Dong's Research Lab

R&E Building, CB1124
Phone: 706-721-3551, 706-721-4292

Dong Lab Personnel

Qingqing Wei, PhD, Asst Professor
Man J. Livingston, MD/PhD, Asst Res Scientist
Shixuan Wang, MD/PhD, Asst Res Scientist
Guie Dong, Research Associate
Zhengwei Ma, MD/PhD, Research Associate
Chunyuan Guo, PhD, Postdoctorial Fellow
Fang Wan, MD/PhD, Visiting Researcher
Zhixia Song, MD/PhD, Visiting Researcher
Jiefu Zhu, MD, Visiting Graduate Student
Xiaohong Xiang, MD, Visiting Graduate Student
Mengru Zeng, MD,  Visiting Graduate Student
Yu Yan, Visiting Graduate Student
Zhao, Xingchen, MD, Visiting Researcher


1996 - BS, Nanjing University, Nanjing Jiangsu P.R. China

2001 - PhD, Shanghai Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai P.R. China

Post Doctoral Training

Augusta University 2002-2005

University of Virginia 2001-2002

Research Interests

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a major kidney disease with high mortality clinically, which can be induced by ischemia or nephrotoxins. To figure out more effective therapies, researchers are still working on the mechanisms of AKI. MicroRNAs are newly identified molecules which are suggested to play critical roles in development, physiology and pathology of diseases. However, little is known about the role of microRNAs in AKI. With mice of Dicer (a key enzyme to produce mature microRNAs) conditional depletion in renal proximal tubules, we are going to investigate the regulation of microRNAs in animal models of AKI and we are trying to identify the specific microRNAs that contribute to AKI.


  • Q Wei, S Chen, X Cheng, X Yu, J Hu, M Li, and P Zhu. Topography of skeletal muscle ryanodine receptors studied by atomic force microscopy. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, 18(2): P636-638, 2000.
  • R Xia, X Cheng, H Wang, K Chen, Q Wei, X Zhang and P Zhu. Biphasic modulation of ryanodine binding to HSR of skeletal muscle by zinc ions. Biochemical Journal 345: P279-286, 2000.
  • H Wang, Q Wei, X Cheng, K Chen and P Zhu. Inhibition of ryanodine binding to sarcoplasmic reticulum vesicles of cardiac muscle by Zn2+ ions. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry 11: 83-92, 2001.
  • Q Wei, X Cheng, K Chen, J Hu, M Li and P Zhu. The atomic force microscopy study of the rabbit skeletal ryanodine receptor in different functional states. Science in China (Series C), 31(6): 565-573, 2001.
  • Q Wei, M Alam, M Wang, F Yu and Z Dong. Bid activation in kidney cells following ATP depletion in vitro and ischemia in vivo. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology 286(4): F803-F809, 2004.
  • J Wang, Q Wei, C Wang, W Hill, D Hess and Z Dong. Minocycline up-regulates Bcl-2 and protects against cell death in the mitochondria. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 279(19): 19948-19954, 2004.
  • Q Wei, J Wang, MH Wang, F Yu and Z Dong. Inhibition of apoptosis by Zn2+ in renal tubular cells following ATP-depletion. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 287(3): F492-F500, 2004.
  • Q Wei, MH Wang and Z Dong. Differential gender difference in ischemic and nephrotoxic acute renal failure. American Journal of Nephrology, 25: 491-499, 2005.
  • Q Wei, XM Yin, MH Wang and Z Dong. Bid deficiency ameliorates ischemic renal failure and delays animal death in C57BL/6 mice American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 290: F35-F42, 2006.
  • M Jiang, Q Wei, J Wang, Q Du, J Yu, L Zhang and Z Dong. Regulation of PUMA-a by p53 in cisplatin-induced renal cell apoptosis. Oncogene, 25: 4056-4066, 2006.
  • M Jiang, Q Wei, N Pabla, G Dong, CY Wang, T Yang, SB Smith and Z Dong. Effects of hydroxyl radical scavenging on cisplatin-induced p53 activation, tubular cell apoptosis and nephrotoxicity. Biochemical Pharmacology, 73: 1499-1510, 2007.
  • Q Wei, G Dong, J Franklin, Z Dong. The pathological role of Bax in cisplatin nephrotoxicity. Kidney International, 72: 53-62, 2007.
  • C Brooks, Q Wei, L Feng, G Dong, Y Tao, L Mei, ZJ Xie, Z Dong. Bak regulates mitochondrial morphology and pathology during apoptosis by interacting with mitofusins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 104: 11649-11654, 2007.
  • Q Wei, G Dong, T Yang, J Megyesi, PM Price, Z Dong. Activation and Involvement of p53 in Cisplatin-induced Nephrotoxicity. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 293(4): F1282-1291, 2007.
  • S Periyasamy-Thandavan, M Jiang, Q Wei, R Smith, XM Yin, Z Dong. Autophagy is cytoprotective during cisplatin injury of renal proximal tubular cells. Kidney International, 74: 631-640, 2008.
  • C Brooks, Q Wei, SG Cho, Z Dong. Regulation of mitochondrial dynamics in acute kidney injury in cell culture and rodent model. J Clin Invest, 119(5): 1275-1285, 2009. (Brooks and Wei are co-first authors.)


  • Q Wei, Z Dong. Regulation and pathological role of Bid in ischemic acute kidney injury. Renal Failure, 29(8): 935-940, 2007.