Dr Zhuo (Vivian) Wang

Lecturer in Biology & Biomedical Science

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET


Room: MB433a

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD in Cell Biology, Aston University, 2010
  • Master in Clinical Immunology, Tianjin Medical University, China, 2006
  • Bachelor in Clinical Medicine, Tianjin Medical University, China, 2003

2016 – date: Lecturer in Biology and Biomedical Science, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University.
2010 – 2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University

MSc Cell Biology Module 

Dr Wang successfully completed her medical training at undergraduate (Clinical Medicine, Tianjin Medical University) and master’s level (Clinical Immunology, Tianjin Medical University) in China. In 2006, she pursued her interest in research by carrying on her PhD research at Aston University under the supervision of Prof Martin Griffin. Her PhD topic was ‘The importance of the Tissue Transglutaminase-Fibronectin Heterocomplex in the RGD-independent Cell Adhesion and Fibronectin Matrix Deposition’. Subsequently, she undertook the role as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aston University investigating the physiological and pathological roles of Tissue Transglutaminase (TG2) in various systems. Her research covers the most popular research subject areas, including cancer stem cells (majorly colon and breast cancer), angiogenesis and fibrotic diseases (e.g. kidney, cardiac, lung fibrosis and cystic fibrosis looking at the mechanisms involved in Epithelial Mesenchymal and Endothelial Mesenchymal Transition). She has also been actively involved in research in the biomaterials area trying to identify novel biomaterials based on collagen for bone regeneration. Recently her research interest has extended to investigate TG2 and its crosslinking products as biomarkers for fibrotic disease (such as chronic kidney disease).

Aston 50th Anniversary  PhD studentship
Industrial collaboration with UCB Cell-Tech, UK

Main supervising one PhD student starting in January 2017.

Co-supervising four PhD students

Are you available to supervise new suitable applicants? - Yes.

Research areas: the role of Tissue Transglutaminase in fibrotic diseases, cancer and pathological angiogenesis, and the application of transglutaminase-crosslinked collagen as a novel biomaterial for wound healing and bone regeneration.

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Biochemical Society
  • European Association for Cancer Research
  • British Association for Lung Research

Recent Publications