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Associate Professor
Department of Anatomy
MB MMed (Anhui) PhD (Otago)
Research summary
Clinical anatomy of intracranial vascular structures and deep fasciae.


Associate Professor Zhang's interest is centred on two broad clinical anatomy areas; (1) vascular anatomy associated with neurosurgical approaches and neuroradiology; and (2) tissue patterning of deep fasciae in the human body.

His research group is currently investigating; (1) the configuration of the deep cervical fasciae and fascial spaces, (2) the minimal invasive surgical anatomy of the skull base, and (3) the morphological factors that contribute to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).

The main techniques used in the clinical anatomy area include dissection, epoxy sheet plastination, SEM, TEM, confocal microscopy and whole-mount immunohistochemistry, micro-CT, MRV and Digital Subtracted Angiography.


Bond, J. D., Xu, Z., & Zhang, M. (2021). Fine configuration of the dural fibrous network and the extradural neural axis compartment in the jugular foramen: An epoxy sheet plastination and confocal microscopy study. Journal of Neurosurgery, 135, 136-146. doi: 10.3171/2020.4.Jns20811 Journal - Research Article

Xu, Z., Lin, G., Zhang, H., Xu, S., & Zhang, M. (2020). Three-dimensional architecture of the neurovascular and adipose zones of the upper and lower lumbar intervertebral foramina: An epoxy sheet plastination study. Journal of Neurosurgery, 32, 722-732. doi: 10.3171/2019.10.Spine191164 Journal - Research Article

Xu, Z., Tu, L., Zheng, Y., Ma, X., Zhang, H., & Zhang, M. (2019). Fine architecture of the fascial planes around the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve at its pelvic exit: An epoxy sheet plastination and confocal microscopy study. Journal of Neurosurgery, 131, 1860-1868. doi: 10.3171/2018.7.JNS181596 Journal - Research Article

Xu, T., Yan, Y., Evins, A. I., Gong, Z., Jiang, L., Sun, H., … Zhang, M., & Chen, J. (2020). Anterior clinoidal meningiomas: Meningeal anatomical considerations and surgical implications. Frontiers in Oncology, 10, 634. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2020.00634 Journal - Research Article

Bokey, L., Zhang, M., Fingerhut, A., Dent, O. F., & Chapuis, P. H. (2020). Trans-anal total mesorectal excision: Reflections on the introduction of a new procedure. Colorectal Disease, 22, 739-744. doi: 10.1111/codi.15190 Journal - Research Other

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