1980-1984 - Research and Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Medical Physics, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xian, China

1993-1995 - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Physiology, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xian China

1997- 2000 - Instructor, Internal Medicine - Cardiology Division, UT Southwestern

2000 - Present - Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Cardiology Division, UT Southwestern

Research Interest

  • Autonomic control of cardiovascular system
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Brain imaging and neuronal-vascular coupling
  • Cerebral blood flow and metabolism
  • Cerebrovascular function in Alzheimer′s disease and hypertension


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Does-response relationship of the cardiovascular adaption to endurance training
Iwasaki K, Zhang R, Zuckerman JH, Morrow MJ, Levine BD J Appl Physiol 2003 95 1575-1583
Aging and arterial blood pressure variability during orthostatic challenge
Shi X, Huang G, Smith SA, Zhang R, Formes KJ Gerontology 2003 49 279-286
Nitric oxide synthase inhibition does not affect regulation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity during head-up tilt
Cui J, Zhang R, Wilson TE, Witkowski S, Crandall CG, Levine BD Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2003 285 H2105-2110
Does nitric oxide buffer arterial pressure variability in humans
Cooke WH, Zhang R, Zuckerman JH, Cui J, Wilson TE, Crandall CG, Levine BD J Appl Physiol 2002 93 1466-1470
Cardiovascular and sympathetic neural responses to handgrip and cold pressor stimuli in humans before, during and after spaceflight
Fu Q, Levine BD, Pawelczyk JA, Ertl AC, Diedrich A, Cox JF, Zuckerman JH, Ray CA, ;Smith ML, Iwase S, Saito M, Sugiyama Y, Mano T, Zhang R, et. al. J Physiology 2002 544.2 653-664

Honors & Awards

  • American Heart Association
    Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation in Hypertension (2000)
  • American Heart Association
    Mechanisms of Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation (1998)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Heart Association
  • American Physiological Society