Prof. WeiJin Zang(Zang WJ)


Professor in Departmant of Pharmacology

Professor Wei-Jin Zang, doctoral supervisor, has served successively as vice director of Medical Center, associate dean in College of Medicine, and vice director of Education Department of Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center. Prof. Zang received the Bachelor degree of Medicine in 1982, the Master degree of Medicine in 1985 from Xi’an Medical University, and the Doctoral degree on Physiology from University of Leeds, England in 1993. From 1989 to 1997, she was a visiting scholar at Kyoto University, studied for a doctor's degree at University of Leeds, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Leeds, University of California at Los Angles and University of Maryland. Prof. Zang won the special allowance of the State Council, Excellent Returned Scholars of Shaanxi Province, Outstanding Mid-Aged Expert of the Ministry of Public Health, the CMB Distinguished Professorships Award and Shaanxi Province Teaching Masters Award, “Special Support Plan” Teaching Masters Award and Outstanding Experts Award.

Prof. Zang has been mainly engaged in vagus nerve regulation and cardiovascular/metabolic endocrine physiology and pharmacology research, and published more than 90 SCI papers. Prof. Zang has been in charge of 11 grants from National Natural Science Foundation of China (including 1 Major International Joint Research Project and 1 Key Project). Prof. Zang, as the principal investigator, was awarded the Shaanxi Provincial Science and Technology First Prize. Prof. Zang has served successively as International Society for Heart Research China Committee of Translational Medicine (ISHR-CCTM) and China branch executive committee member, vice-chairman of Chinese Pharmacological Society Teaching and Science Committee, vice-chairman and standing committee member of Chinese Pharmacological Society Cardiovascular Pharmacology Professional Committee, vice-director of Pharmacological Society/Physiological Society of Shaanxi Province. She has edited and participated in the compilation of more than 40 textbooks and reference books. Prof. Zang was also awarded the Shaanxi Provincial Teaching Achievement First Prize for the year 2009 and 2011. Prof. Zang has served successively as the principal investigator of the National Outstanding Teaching Team “Teaching Team of Pharmacology”, and the National Bilingual Model Curriculum “Pharmacology Course”.


P.O. Box 77#,
Department of Pharmacology,
Xi’an Jiaotong University,

Health Science Center
710061, Xi’an, P.R. of China



l  CMB Distinguished Professorships (2009)

l  “Outstanding Contributions Specialist (Middle-aged)”, Ministry of Health, China (2006)

l  Teacher Moral Model, Shaanxi Provincial Education Union (2006)

l  Special Government Allowance, State Council, China (2004)

l  First Class Prize for Science and Technology, Shaanxi Provincial Government, China (2003)

l  “Outstanding Contributions Specialist”, Shaanxi Province, China (2003)

l  Tengfei (outstanding) Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University (2001)






·         1996—1997:     Postdoctoral Fellow in Departments of Physiology and Cardiology,

University of Maryland at Baltimore, BaltimoreUSA.

·         1995—1996:     Postdoctoral Fellow in Dept. Physiological Science.

University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

·         1990—1994:     Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physiology,

University of Leeds, England. (Supported by British Heart Foundation)

·           1990—1993     Department of Physiology, University of Leeds, England. Ph.D. (Physiology)

·           1982—1985     Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, P. R. China.   M. Sc. (Physiology)

·           1977—1982     Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, P. R. China.   Bachelor in Medicine

Working Experience


    Associate director, Medical center, Xian Jiaotong University


    Vice dean for teaching, School of Medicine, Xi’an Jiaotong University


    Visiting Professor, Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan


    Visiting Professor, Research Centre of Sainte Justine’s Hospital in Montreal, Canada


    Visiting Professor, University of Maryland, USA


    Visiting Professor, National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS),  Japan


    Professor in Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Xian Jiaotong University


    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland, USA


    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, USA


    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Leeds, England


    Visiting scholar, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan


    Lecturer in the Dept. of Electrophysiology, Xian Medical University


    Teaching assistant in the Dept. of Electrophysiology, Xian Medical University

Research Interests ; Teaching




Research Interests

  • Exploring the effective therapeutic strategies, including direct vagal activation (electrical vagal stimulation, ACh administration and ACh receptor activation), pharmacological modulation (adenosine, cholinesterase inhibitors, statins) and exercise.
  • Studying mechanisms underlying the protective effects of improved vagal activity against cardiovascular diseases.


  • Undergraduate Teaching:      Pharmacology; Introduction to clinical medicine
  • Postgraduate Teaching:     Cardiovascular Pharmacology; Literature review writing
  • Teaching for foreign students:      Pharmacology; Introduction to biomedicine
  • Supervising graduate students and undergraduate experimental design