Sarah Jingying Zhang

Adjunct Assistant Professor PhD, CRNA

Programs and Courses Taught

MSN Nurse Anesthesia

N627 Pharmacology Comprehensive Exam

N631 Advanced Acute and Chronic Pain Management

About Me

I have been an adjunct faculty at the nurse anesthesia program since 2016. I have clinical practice at UCSF as a senior CRNA in the department of Anesthesiology. Currently, I am working on two research proposals of prospective clinical trials at UCSF. My research interest is focused on reducing chronic pain in post-mastectomy patients and improving post -operative cognitive function in elderly patients. 


I completed my research track in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and then continued my research career as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford and UCSF. My nursing career was completed at Duke University followed by MSN in nurse anesthesia at Samuel Merritt University. 

Teaching Interests

I am intested in teaching pharmacology and pain management. I have found my previous doctoral education in Biomedical Engineering at Duke and postdoctoral training at Stanford and UCSF provided me with a unique perspective towards teaching in the core science curriculum. My continuous understanding of emotional intelligence further improves my teaching style. My current teaching philosophy has evolved into emphasizing three elements including teaching, communication and attitudes toward students. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with the students.

Scholarly Interests

Improving CPC assessment; improving postoperative cognitive function in elderly patients; decreasing the dependence of opioid in chronic pain patients. 


Buck, Akbar, Zhang and Bettger. Measuring Comorbidity in Cardiovascular Research: A Systematic Review. Nursing Research and Practice, vol. 2013, Article ID 563246, 2013.

Stiber, Zhang, Burch, Eu, Zhang, Truskey, Seth, Yamaguchi, Meissner, Shah, Worley, Williams, Rosenberg. Mice lacking Homer 1 exhibit a skeletal myopathy characterized by abnormal transient receptor potential channel activity. Molecular Cell Biology, 2008 Apr;28(8): 2637-47.

Zhang and Wu. Comparison of Different Imaging Techniques for Tracking Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2007 48: 1916-1919. Featured on the cover of Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Zhang, William and Truskey. Effect of Cyclic Stretch on β1D Integrin Expression and Activation of FAK and RhoA. American Journal of Physiology, Cell Physiology. 2007 Jun; 292(6):C2057-69.

Rhim, Lowell, Reedy, Zhang, Kraus, Truskey. Morphology and Ultra structure of Differentiating Three-Dimensional Mammalian Skeletal Muscle in a Collagen Gel. Muscle and Nerve, 2007 Jul;36(1):71-80.

Zhang, William and Truskey. Stretch-induced Nitric Oxide Modulates Mechanical Properties of Skeletal Muscle Cells. American Journal of Physiology, Cell Physiology. 2004 Aug;287(2):C292-9.

Collinsworth, Zhang, Kraus, Truskey. Apparent Elastic Modulus and Hysteresis of Skeletal Muscle Cells throughout Differentiation. American Journal of Physiology, Cell Physiology. 2002 Oct;283(4):C1219-27.    

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

NBCRNA Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee
Member of American Association of Nurse Anesthetist                           
Member of American Association of Critical-Care Nursing.                     
Sigma Theta Tau International: Beta Epsilon Chapter                                                             

Community Service

improving CPC assessment NBCRNA