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Zhuo 'April' Fu

Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • BS, Biology, China Agriculture University
  • PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • My research explores how diet, lifestyle and other factors affect cognitive function, especially in diabetic and obese populations. I use surveys and data science to explore factors tied to impairment of cognitive function and animal models to investigate mechanisms of impairment.
  • I am also interested in the study of pedagogical methods that improve engagement and learning for college students.

Current research:

  •  Fu Z*, Komelski MF and Kumar A. Physically active diabetics report lower rates of impaired cognitive function—findings from the 2012 national health interview survey. Conference abstract. 2018, American Diabetes Association. (*corresponding author)
  • Fu Z, Wu J, Nesil N et al. Long-term high-fat diet induces hippocampal microvascular insulin resistance and cognitive dysfunction. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2017; 312(2): E89–E97.
  • Fu Z, Huda A, Kimbrough IF, Ni L. Using Drosophila Two-Choice Assay to Study Optogenetics in Hands-On Neurobiology Laboratory Activities. J Undergrad Neurosci Educ. 2023 Dec 17;22(1):A45-A50. doi: 10.59390/SDWH9124. PMID: 38322398; PMCID: PMC10768822.

Selected publications from previous research:

  • Fu Z, Zhao L, Aylor KW, et al. Angiotensin-(1-7) recruits muscle microvasculature and enhances insulin's metabolic action via mas receptor. 2014; 63(6): 219-27
  • Fu Z, Gilbert ER and Liu D. Regulation of insulin synthesis and secretion and pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction in diabetes. 2012; Curr Diabetes Rev. 2013 Jan 1; 9(1): 25-53.
  • Fu Z, Zhang W, Zhen W et al. Genistein induces pancreatic beta-cell proliferation through activation of multiple signaling pathways and prevents insulin-deficient diabetes in mice. Endocrinology. 2010; 151(7):3026-37