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The Wu Laboratory


Zetang Wu, Ph.D.

Dr. Zetang Wu is originally from Sichuan, People's Republic of China where he received a Master's degree in Biochemistry from Southwest Agriculture University (Now Southwest University) and was a faculty member in the Department of Biology at China West Normal University for several years. He came to US in 1998, initially to work in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The Ohio State University on production of organic acids from agriculture by-products by microbial fermentation. He subsequently enrolled in the graduate school there, and received a PhD in Molecular Virology from The Ohio State University in 2008 for work focused on herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA replication and identifying silencing suppression encoded by HSV.

Following completion of his PhD, Dr. Wu moved to the University of Michigan to work as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Drs. Marina Mata and David Fink in the Department of Neurology. He has exploited his expertise in virology with training in translational neuroscience research to develop novel HSV-based vectors for treatment of neurologic disease. Dr. Wu was promoted to research investigator in 2011. His current research interest is directed towards the development of HSV-based regulatable vectors for the treatment of nerve injury-induced neuropathic pain and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.