Ronald L. Whisler Chair in Rheumatology and Immunology
Professor of Internal Medicine

The Ohio State University
480 Medical Center Dr.
Columbus, OH 43210

Research interests

Dr. Zheng’s expertise locates on the pathogenesis, cytokines and immune regulation of autoimmune, allergic and inflammatory disease. Dr. Zheng and his colleagues discovered “TGF-β-induced regulatory T cells” and he is a pioneer in the field of gingiva-derived mesenchymal stem cells (GMSC) and immunoregulation.

Dr. Zheng is an editor and editorial board member for several journals including the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology, Frontiers in Immunology, Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Cytokine and Growth Factor Reviews and the American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology. He’s a member and reviewer of multi-NIH study sections and a co-chair of MOSS NIH study section. Dr. Zheng is a principal investigator of multi-NIH R01/P30/R43/R61 and NIH STAR grants. His work is widely recognized with numerous national and international prizes and awards including the Freda Newton Memorial Scholar Award, James R. Klinenberg M.D. Award and the ACR Investigator Award. He is an elected member of the Henry Kunkel Society.


PhD: Immunology and molecular biology, French National Center for Scientific Research and University of Orleans, 2011; Pathology and Immunology, Shanghai Medical University, 1993¬-1996
Graduate School
: Master of Pathology and Immunology, Shanghai Medical University, 1992
Fellowship: Pathology fellow, Shanghai Medical University, Cancer Hospital, 1989-1993
Residency: Chizhou City Hospital, Department of Surgery, Anhui Province, People’s Republic of China, 1984-1989
MD: Anhui Medical University, Hefei City, People’s Republic of China, 1984