Department of Anesthesiology - El Paso
Jun Zhang PhD, ScD, received his ScD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991 and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) from the University of Florida in 1998. He completed his post-doctorial training and fellowship in human molecular genetics at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and McKusick-Nathan's Institute of Genetic Medicine of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He started his independent research career in human molecular genetics with appointments at Johns Hopkins in 2002, followed at University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2006, and now at Texas Tech. His research areas focus on human neurogenetics, and molecular etiology in human vascular disorders. Before coming to TTUHSC, he was a research director at UMMC Neurosurgery with joint academic appointments in several departments. He will be Research Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology with joint appointments in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Center of Excellence for Neurosciences at Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
Jun Zhang, PhD Assistant Professor
All anesthesia residents are required to participate in a one-month research rotation during the CA1 year. The overall goal of research rotation is to educate and train resident physicians in the fundamentals of scientific knowledge, research techniques and philosophy.
The department has a dedicated research laboratory designed for basic bench research and data analysis associated with the molecular mechanisms of stroke, trauma, pain and other research areas related to anesthesia. There is also a support bench laboratory for animal experimental procedures.
The goal of anesthesia research CA1 rotation is to develop the resident’s skill in dealing with the basic scientific knowledge and research experiences. CA1 residents will be trained in basic knowledge and skills in the research areas. CA1 residents are also encouraged to participate in the ongoing projects in both clinical and laboratory-based research in the rotation. All residents are expected to present a summary of a self-selected topic during their CA1 training.
Research is a core component of the activities within the Department of Anesthesiology. We have diverse research interests ranging from very basic investigations of anesthetic effects on molecular and cellular function to more clinical projects directed toward goals that will have a direct impact on patient care, such as, epidemiology study of pediatric trauma, etiology of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, and improving the management of chronic pain.
To facilitate scholarly activities, the Department of Anesthesiology has both clinical and basic research activities in a number of fields related to anesthesiology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics and neuroscience research, in keeping with the overall focus of the TTUHSC Center of Excellence in Neuroscience.
Residents with a definite academic interest may participate in the 6 month resident research track in their CA-3 year. This research training is aimed at preparing residents for a career in academic medicine. The department has dedicated research laboratory designed for both bench work and data analytic skills for cellular and molecular assays associated with the investigation of stroke and trauma patients, mechanisms of pain and anesthesia, as well as a support basic science laboratory for animal experimental procedures. In addition, the research laboratory also houses data analysis capacities for residents rotating through the laboratory for application to their clinical research.
The goal of anesthesia research CA-3 track is to further enhance the resident’s skill in dealing with the scientific knowledge and research experiences associated with their interested anesthetic specialties and practice fields.