Zsolt Bagi

Associate Professor

Zsolt Bagi

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

The Graduate School
Department of Graduate Studies

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Cardiology


Dr. Zsolt Bagi is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Zsolt received his MD in 2000 and PhD 2004 from the Semmelweis University Medical School in Hungary. He joined Professor Gabor Kaley at the Department of Physiology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY in 2002, where he held an Assistant Professor position (2007-2010) and established his research laboratory. Zsolt moved to Oxford in 2010 having been awarded an Intermediate Research Fellowship from the British Heart Foundation Center of Research Excellence and joined the Department of Pharmacology at University of Oxford (2010-2012). He was a Senior Reseach Fellow at the Somerville College, Oxford University (2011-2013). Currently, Zsolt leads a research laboratory with the Department of Physiology, Medical College of Georgia, where his current research is focusing on coronary microvascular disease in patients with diabetes mellitus and diastolic heart failure.


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, General Semmelweis University of Budap, 2004

  • MD, Medicine Semmelweis University of Budap, 2000

Awards & Honors

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Young Investigator Award of the American Physiological Society 2008

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • VBIO 9210

    Investigation of a Prob
  • VBIO 9300

    Research in Vascular Bio
  • PSIO 9010

    Seminar in Physiology
  • VBIO 9010

    Seminar in Vascular Bio

Teaching Interests

Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology. New directions of cardiovascular physiology educations.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Akt2 (Protein Kinase B Beta) Stabilizes ATP7A, a Copper Transporter for Extracellular Superoxide Dismutase, in Vascular Smooth Muscle: Novel Mechanism to Limit Endothelial Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Too much TRAFfic at the crossroads of diabetes and endothelial dysfunction., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Vasodilator dysfunction and oligodendrocyte dysmaturation in aging white matter., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Obesity-induced vascular dysfunction and arterial stiffening requires endothelial cell arginase 1., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Obesity-induced vascular inflammation involves elevated arginase activity., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Our studies focus on the investigation of the function of human coronary resistance arteries. We want to develop a greater understanding of how small coronary arteries are controlled in health and disease and discover new targets for therapeutic intervention.