Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Department of Neurology

Weihua Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.

Weihua Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Research Member, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Department of Neurology, Houston Methodist Hospital
Assistant Professor in Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College

6565 Fannin St. B5-018
Houston TX 77030

Phone: 713-441-3684
Fax: 713-441-3688

Research Interests:

Her research is to investigate the underlying mechanisms of motor neuron death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A multidisciplinary approach is used on motoneuron culture systems, animal models and human tissues to study:

  • The pathological roles of mutant superoxide dismutase (mSOD1) and TDP-43 on pathogenesis of ALS
  • Immune injury and repair mediated by microglia/macrophages and T cells
  • Discovering potential drugs to boost protective immune responses, subsequently enhance motor neuron survival and prolong disease progression


M.D., Beijing Medical University, China
Ph.D., Beijing University, China
Postdoctorate, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Selected Publications: