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Dongjiao Zhao, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Coordinator of Cadaver Lab



717-796-1800, ext. 2115

Interest and areas of expertise

Dr. Zhao has a background in and experience teaching and researching the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. He has been working with a team of graduate and undergraduate students investigating the role of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) in skeletal muscle cell differentiation. His findings contribute to the understanding of the role of the endocannabinoid system in skeletal muscle metabolism and muscle oxygen consumption, as well as to help explain the effects of the peripheral endocannabinoid system on whole-body energy balance.


Purdue University, Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences
China Medical University, Bachelor of Medicine

Classes I teach
  • Areas of anatomy, physiology and clinical medicine