Shijun Zheng, DVM,PhD.

Dr. Cynthia Baldwin and Dr. Sam Black travelled to the China Agricultural University in the fall of 2016, presented seminars and met with a former graduate students, Shijun Zheng, DVM,PhD. and Jun Tang, PhD. Dr. Zheng is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Department of Preventive Veterinary Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine at China Agricultural University. Dr. Zheng completed a DVM in the College of Veterinary Medicine at China Agricultural University in 1987 and a PhD in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2000. He participated in postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2000-2005) working on mechanism of autoimmune diseases and microbial pathogenesis. He then returned to China as a specially recruited talent and worked as a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and as a Principal Investigator in the State Key Laboratory of Agriobiotechnology, China Agricultural University.

Dr. Zheng obtained a State Outstanding Talent Youth Grant from the National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2007, was awarded the honor of State New Century Hundreds-thousands Talent in 2009, and received the honor of State Council Special Subsidy Talent in 2012. He was an associate Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine 2010-2015. He served as an Editorial Board member for several scientific journals, acting as an Editor-in-Chief for the journal Asian Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine, as an associate Editor-in-Chief for the Chinese Journal of Veterinary Medicine, and as an editorial board member for the journal Frontiers in Agriculture and Engineering. He also served as a deputy secretary for the Chinese Society of Avian Disease, and served as an Executive Board Member for Beijing Immunology Society and for the Chinese Society of Animal Infectious Disease.

He has trained and supervised 52 graduate students since he returned to China in 2005. Among these students, 23 graduated with PhD degrees and 19 with Master’s degrees. He gives lectures on Molecular Immunology, Zoonosis, Specialty English for Veterinary Major and Avian disease diagnostics and controls. He received the Outstanding Teacher Honor awarded by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2010-2014).

His research interest is primarily focused on the pathogenesis of microbial infection. He has made important contributions to the understandings of the molecular mechanism underlying IBDV and ARV-induced apoptosis in the host cells. He is also applying the knowledge gained from his basic research and expertise in molecular biology and immunology to study the persistent infection or immunosuppression of several viral infections. The long-term objective of his studies is to provide a platform for rational design of effective vaccines to control infectious diseases of animals. He has over 40 published papers in various international Journals including Nature Immunology, J Clinical Investigation, J Immunology, Diabetes, J Biological Chemistry, J Virology, Immunobiology, Frontiers in Microbiolgy, Veterinary Microbiology, Virus Research, PLoS ONE, BBRC, Virology J, Archives of Virology and Poultry Science. He has authored or coauthored 16 Chinese books or chapters in Veterinary fields.