Dr. Zhuo, M.D., Ph.D., is the new Director of Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence (THRCE) and a tenured Professor in the Departments of Physiology at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana. He joined Tulane University School of Medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he served as a tenured professor and the Director of Receptor and Signal Transduction Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Dr. Zhuo received a Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, China in January 1983, and a Ph.D. degree in renal physiology and hypertension from the Department of Physiology at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1990. He served as a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Senior Research Officer at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Center and Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine at the University of Melbourne from 1993 to 2000, and a Senior Staff Investigator in the Hypertension and Vascular Research Division at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan from 2001 to 2010.
Dr. Zhuo has more than 30 years’ sponsored research investigating the roles of circulating (endocrine), tissue (paracrine), and intracellular (intracrine) angiotensin II and its receptor mapping and signaling mechanisms in renal physiology and hypertension. His research has been continuously supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, American Heart Association (AHA), American Society of Nephrology (ASN), and National Institute of Health (NIH). As one of the renowned experts in the renin-angiotensin research field, Dr. Zhuo is a regular invited national and international speaker; and has published over 115 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section on Medical Sciences, Overseas Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, England, and a Fellow of American Heart Association and American Society of Nephrology, respectively. Dr. Zhuo was the past Chair of the American Physiological Society Physiological Genomics Group, a permanent member for NIH/Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Hypertension and Microcirculation Study Section, and an Ad Hoc reviewer for several CSR special emphasis panels. His current hypertension and kidney research is supported by multiple R01 grants from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).