Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatology & Ophthalmology Research
Institute for Regenerative Cures
School of Medicine, UC Davis
2921 Stockton Blvd, Suite 1600
Sacramento, CA 95817
Tel: (916) 703-9381
Fax: (916) 703-9384
Dr. Min Zhao is a professor of dermatology at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Aberdeen, Cardiff University and a guest professor at the 3rd Military Medical University, China.
Wonderful as are the laws and phenomena of electricity when made evident to us in inorganic or dead matter, their interest can bear scarcely and comparison with that which attaches to the same force when connected with the nervous system and with life.
Michael Faraday 1839
Dr. Zhao was born in the Yunnan Province of China. He graduated from the 3rd Military Medical University in Chongqing in 1985. After completion of PhD training under the supervision of Professor Zhengguo Wang in 1991, he worked on trauma research at the Research Institute of Surgery. In 1994 he joined Dr Geff Burnstock in 1994 at University College, London. He then moved to the University of Aberdeen as a research fellow to work with Professors Colin McCaig and John Forrester. At Aberdeen he won a Wellcome Trust University Award Lectureship in 1999 and was promoted to a Wellcome Trust University Award Senior Lectureship in 2002. Then in 2004 he was promoted to Professor/Personal Chair in Biomedical Science and Regenerative Medicine. His group discovered that PI3 kinase/Pten molecules are key elements in the electric signaling (Nature 2006; 442, 457-460). In 2007, he moved to UC Davis and is currently a Professor of Dermatology and he also holds a joint appointment in Ophthalmology.