PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana, 2005
B.S., Peking University, China, 2000

Dr. Zheng’s research centers around the Hedgehog signaling pathway, which is a critical process in embryo development and tissue regeneration. When the pathway fails to function properly, it can lead to birth defects and disease, such as cancer. Dr. Zheng and her team study this pathway in mice and flies to identify target genes for cancer drugs and therapies. Dr. Zheng’s work will lead to a better understanding of how the pathway is linked to human disease and ultimately more targeted drugs for cancer treatment.