Hao Zhu earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Duke University, followed by an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and MIT. He underwent training in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco and medical oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Zhu performed postdoctoral research at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he explored connections among RNA biology, cancer and regeneration in mouse models. In 2012, he joined the faculty of UT Southwestern and the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern. He is also an attending physician in the Multidisciplinary Liver Cancer Clinic at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Zhu is the recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists (2012), a CPRIT Scholar Award (2012) and a Stand Up To Cancer Innovative Research Grant (2016).
The Zhu laboratory is interested in understanding the relationship between injury, regeneration, and cancer. They are focused on identifying the genes and mechanisms that regulate regenerative capacity in the liver and understanding how these contribute to hepatocellular carcinoma development – the third leading cause of cancer death in the world.
- Medical School
- Harvard Medical School (2005)
- University of California, San Francisco (2007), Internal Medicine
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2011), Hematology Oncology
- Liver cancer
- Mechanisms of organ regeneration
- RNA biology
- Knockdown of Anillin Actin Binding Protein Blocks Cytokinesis in Hepatocytes and Reduces Liver Tumor Development in Mice without Affecting Regeneration.
- Zhang S, Nguyen LH, Zhou K, Tu HC, Sehgal A, Nassour I, Li L, Gopal P, Goodman J, Singal AG, Yopp A, Zhang Y, Siegwart DJ, Zhu H Gastroenterology 2017 Dec
- Arid1a Has Context-Dependent Oncogenic and Tumor Suppressor Functions in Liver Cancer.
- Sun X, Wang SC, Wei Y, Luo X, Jia Y, Li L, Gopal P, Zhu M, Nassour I, Chuang JC, Maples T, Celen C, Nguyen LH, Wu L, Fu S, Li W, Hui L, Tian F, Ji Y, Zhang S, Sorouri M, Hwang TH, Letzig L, James L, Wang Z, Yopp AC, Singal AG, Zhu H Cancer Cell 2017 Nov 32 5 574-589.e6
- Arid1b haploinsufficient mice reveal neuropsychiatric phenotypes and reversible causes of growth impairment.
- Zhu H, Celen C, Chuang JC, Luo X, Nijem N, Walker AK, Chen F, Zhang S, Chung AS, Nguyen LH, Nassour I, Budhipramono A, Sun X, Bok LA, McEntagart M, Gevers E, Birnbaum SG, Eisch AJ, Powell CM, Ge WP, Santen GW, Chahrour M Elife 2017 Jul 6
- Suppression of the SWI/SNF Component Arid1a Promotes Mammalian Regeneration.
- Sun X, Chuang JC, Kanchwala M, Wu L, Celen C, Li L, Liang H, Zhang S, Maples T, Nguyen LH, Wang SC, Signer RA, Sorouri M, Nassour I, Liu X, Xu J, Wu M, Zhao Y, Kuo YC, Wang Z, Xing C, Zhu H Cell Stem Cell 2016 Mar
- Precise let-7 expression levels balance organ regeneration against tumor suppression.
- Wu L, Nguyen LH, Zhou K, de Soysa TY, Li L, Miller JB, Tian J, Locker J, Zhang S, Shinoda G, Seligson MT, Zeitels LR, Acharya A, Wang SC, Mendell JT, He X, Nishino J, Morrison SJ, Siegwart DJ, Daley GQ, Shyh-Chang N, Zhu H Elife 2015 Oct 4
- Lin28b is sufficient to drive liver cancer and necessary for its maintenance in murine models.
- Nguyen LH, Robinton DA, Seligson MT, Wu L, Li L, Rakheja D, Comerford SA, Ramezani S, Sun X, Parikh MS, Yang EH, Powers JT, Shinoda G, Shah SP, Hammer RE, Daley GQ, Zhu H Cancer Cell 2014 Aug 26 2 248-61
- TALEN mediated somatic mutagenesis in murine models of cancer.
- Zhang S, Li L, Kendrick SL, Gerard RD, Zhu H Cancer Res. 2014 Jul
- Lin28 enhances tissue repair by reprogramming cellular metabolism.
- Shyh-Chang N, Zhu H, Yvanka de Soysa T, Shinoda G, Seligson MT, Tsanov KM, Nguyen L, Asara JM, Cantley LC, Daley GQ Cell 2013 Nov 155 4 778-92
- The Lin28/let-7 axis regulates glucose metabolism.
- Zhu H, Shyh-Chang N, Segrè AV, Shinoda G, Shah SP, Einhorn WS, Takeuchi A, Engreitz JM, Hagan JP, Kharas MG, Urbach A, Thornton JE, Triboulet R, Gregory RI, Altshuler D, Daley GQ Cell 2011 Sep 147 1 81-94
- Lin28a transgenic mice manifest size and puberty phenotypes identified in human genetic association studies.
- Zhu H, Shah S, Shyh-Chang N, Shinoda G, Einhorn WS, Viswanathan SR, Takeuchi A, Grasemann C, Rinn JL, Lopez MF, Hirschhorn JN, Palmert MR, Daley GQ Nat. Genet. 2010 Jul 42 7 626-30
Honors & Awards
- SU2C Innovative Research Grant
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
- CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
- Magna cum laude and James Tolbert Shipley Prize for MD Honors Thesis, Harvard Medical School