Recent Highlights


Peter Lee, MD, PhD, MPH, received a K08 award from National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Tissue Engineered Skeletal Muscle Delivering a Myokine Protein to Treat Volumetric Muscle Loss.”

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD, will receive a new R01 grant from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on the topic of “Preservation and Rescue of the Lung Donor Allograft for Transplantation.”

Renzhi Han, PhD,.received his first R01 competitive renewal from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on the topic of “Ano5 in Muscle Health and Disease,” which earned a fundable score of 13%. View PubMed

Renzhi Han, PhD's work on two novel rabbit models of muscular dystrophy were published in Disease Models and Mechanisms and Cell Death and Disease, respectively. View PubMed

Hua Zhu, PhD, recently had two papers accepted by Acta Pharmacologica Sinica and Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry regarding cancer immune checkpoint blockade therapy and activating Akt/NOS to inhibit autophagy and promote angiogenesis, respectively. View PubMed

Kristyn Gumpper, a graduate student in Dr. Ma’s laboratory, received a pre-doctoral fellow from the American Heart Association.

Two new faculty members will join the Department of Surgery, whose primary focus is on basic and translational research. Dr. Chuanxi Cai is currently an associate professor at Albany Medical College. His research interests are in cardiovascular disease and stem-cell therapy. Dr. Jae-kyun Ko established a biotechnology company specializing in efficient methodology to perform DNA-mutagenesis and genome-modification. He will bring to Ohio State his expertise in molecular and cell biology, and serve as the director of Molecular Biology Core.

William Carson, MD, received the Give 18 Fore Cancer Research Award given to leading doctors and scientist to support critical cancer research projects.

William Carson, MD. His 2017-2018 cancer research led to the publication of articles in Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy, Cancer Immunology Research, Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences, International Immunology and Cancer.