Ming Zhang

Associate Professor

Ming Zhang

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Culver Vision Discovery Inst


My professional interests are in the pathogenesis of herpes ocular infections and exploration of minimally invasive strategies to enhance innate immune responses or prevent death of uninfected bystander retinal cells.

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  • Ph.D., Medical Clinical Sci /Graduate Tongji Med Univ, 1992

  • MS, Medical Clinical Sci /Graduate Tongji Med Univ, 1988

  • MD, Medicine Hubei Med Univ, 1985

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • ANAT 8090

    Current Topics in Cellular Bio
  • ANAT 9020

    Seminar in Cell Bio/Anatomy

Teaching Interests

Guiding medical students in the histology/pathology laboratories, component of the Pre-Clerkship and delivering the lecture to medical students on Histology of the Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder; teaching of graduate students.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Single-Nucleus Transcriptional Profiling of Chronic Kidney Disease after Cisplatin Nephrotoxicity, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Ocular murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) gene expression in aged BALB/c mice following systemic MCMV neonatal infection, 2021
    Conference Proceeding
  • Retinal and Choroidal Pathologies in Aged BALB/c Mice Following Systemic Neonatal Murine Cytomegalovirus Infection, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Role of Caspase-12 in Retinal Bystander Cell Death and Innate Immune Responses against MCMV Retinitis, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Zika virus induces neuronal and vascular degeneration in developing mouse retina, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

The primary objective of our research program is to understand the pathogenesis of cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus ocular infections by using mouse models and organatypic retinal culture models. Our current work includes: 1. examining mechanisms of death of bystander retinal cells during MCMV infection. 2. investigating if and how cytomegalovirus contributes to the development of age-related retinal degeneration (AMD).

Professional Service

  • Journal of Ophthalmology 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Journal of Antivirals, Antiretrovirals Research and Therapy 2014 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Medical Research Foundation Grant 2014 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • Molecular Vision 2014 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS) 2014 - Present

    Role: Reviewer