Dr Hu Zhang was originally trained as a medical doctor at the Bengbu Medical College in China and worked for 8 years (from 1984 to 1992) as a physician in the Anhui Chest Hospital in Hefei. After moving to New Zealand in 1992, he completed a PhD in biopharmaceutical sciences at the University of Otago in 1999. In addition to his current role as Research Collaboration Manager for the NZ-China NCD Research Collaboration Centre, he is also a Senior Research Fellow in the University of Otago’s School of Pharmacy, supported by a 5-year Health Research Council Programme grant.
Dr Zhang’s research interests lie in preclinical studies of bioactives, especially anti-ageing and central nervous system agents, in various animal models and the extrapolation of these results to humans, uptake of drugs into the brain, and the transport and metabolism of xenobiotics.
Outside work, Dr Zhang is active in the community, regularly providing advice and support to visiting Chinese students, scholars and visitors in the Otago region. He is currently President of the Dunedin Chinese Scholar and Student Association and a Board Member of Dunedin–Shanghai Association.