Health Sciences Center 30th Annual Research Day (Invited Lecturer, Dr. Zijian Xie) March 30, 2018 at 11:30am at Harless Auditorium.

Director, Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR)
Marshall University
“The Discovery of Na/K-ATPase as a Potential Drug Target for Multiple Human Diseases”
Learning Objectives:
Discover 1) How is Na/K-ATPase engaged in cellular activity other than pumping ions across cell
membrane; 2) the importance of non-pumping functions of Na/K-ATPase in animal physiology and
disease progression; 3) what can we do to translate this new discovery into practice that will
improve human health.

No Conflicts Indicated

Dr. Zijian Xie was named director of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in
November 2013.

His laboratory is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking work to understand the behavior
of cellular pathways and their relationship to cancer, renal disease and cardiac failure.

Xie holds international patents and patent applications on seven medical inventions resulting from
his research. He has served as principal investigator, project leader or co-investigator on
National Institutes of Health-funded projects totaling more than $10 million, and has established
active international collaborations with total funding of more than $1 million. He has been
involved with the creation of two spin-off companies from his research.

He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles published in scientific journals, has
authored  a number of book chapters and has been invited to give numerous presentations as part of
national and international conferences, symposia, seminars and visiting professorships. He serves
as a regular member of NIH study sections and has chaired and co-organized several international

Dr. Xie came to Marshall from the faculty of the University of Toledo’s College of Medicine, where
he was a professor of physiology, pharmacology and medicine, and served as the co-director of the
M.D./Ph.D. program.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Nanjing College of Pharmacy in Nanjing, China, in 1982, a
master’s degree in toxicology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing in 1984 and
adoctorate in pharmacology at the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo) in 1990.

Congratulations Dr. Xie!

Congratulations to Dr. Zijian Xie for being awarded the “Dean’s Award for Excellence In Basic Science Research” from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine! This award was presented and given by the SOM’s Dean, Dr. Joseph Shapiro, on November 30, 2017. Dr. Xie was recognized for his commitment, dedication, and pursuit of excellence in basic science research. 


Congratulations Minqi Huang!

Minqi Huang, MIIR graduate student of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Program, won the graduate student poster competition at the Ohio Physiological Society meeting. His poster was entitled “Role of Na/K-ATPase α-isoforms in pluripotency and adipocyte differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC)”. Way to go Minqi!



Congratulations Dr. Wang!

Xiaoliang Wang, M.D., Ph.D., secured a travel award to the upcoming 15th International Conference on “Na,K-ATPase and Related Transport ATPases” to be held in Otsu, Japan, September 24th – 30th, 2017. His presentation is entitled “Genetic Evidence of α1 Na/K-ATPase as an Important Signal Integrator”.

MIIR Experimental Biology Chicago 2017 Conference Award Winners

We would like to send a big shout out to our MIIR award winners who recently attended the Experimental Biology Chicago 2017 Conference!

Pauline Marck, Ph.D., was recognized by the Research Recognition Award of the American Physiological Society – Cell and Molecular Physiology- Section. Her presentation was entitled “Cardiac structure and function in mice with cardiomyocyte-specific knockout of Na+/K+-ATPase α1-isoform”. Well done, Dr. Marck!

Laura Kutz, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the Robert Gunn Award of the American Physiological Society – Cell and Molecular Physiology- Section for her work entitled “Isoform-specific role of Na/K-ATPase α1 in skeletal muscle growth and performance”. Way to go Laura!

Seminar series continues Sept. 15

Endothelial progenitor cells in vascular disease

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
3-4 p.m.

Room 4001 Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex
(Large conference room on the 4th floor)

Ji C. Bihl, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology
Wright State University

School of Medicine/MIIR faculty appointment available

Marshall University invites applications for a joint appointment with the Joan C. Edward School of Medicine and the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) at the rank of assistant or associate professor.

The successful candidates will have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, and at least two years of postdoctoral training. Candidates with an excellent publication record, and expertise in propagation of patient-derived normal and diseased cells will be encouraged to apply.

This is a benefits eligible, 12-month tenure track faculty position with rank and salary commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.

Interested candidates are invited to e-mail a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest, along with the contact information of three references to Ms. Hollie Bailey. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Marshall is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.