Xinli  Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
(310) 825-3750
(310) 206-5349
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  30-121 CHS


Dr. Xinli Zhang is an Adjunct Professor in the Section of Orthodontics in the Division of Growth & Development.

Dr. Zhang was originally trained as a medical doctor specializing in pathology. He then obtained a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology and pathology working on molecular mechanism of carcinogenesis in liver. Before joining the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dr Zhang had more than ten years of teaching and research experiences in medical school with awarded research grants from the national science foundation in China.

Educational & Professional Background

  • M.D., Third Military Medical University (TMMU), China, 1985

  • M.S., Tumor Pathology, TMMU, China, 1991

  • Ph.D., Molecular Pathology, TMMU, China, 1996

Research & Interests

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on craniofacial anomalies, particularly the study of craniosynostosis, bone and cartilage regeneration and scarless wound healing.

Active grants:

2004-2009, “Nell-1, a Cbfa1 Down-Stream Target, in Bone Formation,” NIH/NIDCR RO1, DE016107-01, co-PI ( one year extension with extra funding)

2008-2010, “Novel Growth Factor for Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering," UC Discovery grant, #bio07-10677, co-PI

2010-2013, “Harnessing native fat-residing stem cells for bone regeneration.” CIRM grant
#TR2-01821, co-I

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)

  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

  • American Society of Investigative Pathology

  • American Society of Bone and Mineralization Research

Additional Information

Courses Taught
  • DS300.03a, OB226, Craniofacial growth and development (course co-chair)

  • DS308.09a, Research methodology (course co-chair)