Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
University of Oxford
Dr. Peijun Zhang obtained her Ph.D. in molecular physiology and biophysics from University Virginia, M.S. in physics and B.S. in electrical engineering from Nanjing University, China. She was a postdoc and later a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. In 2006, she joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012. She recently joined the faculty of University of Oxford, and as the director of eBIC (the UK National Electron Bio-imaging Centre) at the Diamond Light Source, UK. Her scientific program aims at an integrated, atomistic understanding of the molecular mechanisms of large protein complexes and assemblies by developing and combining novel technologies for high-resolution cryoEM and cryoET with complementary computational and biophysical / biochemical methods. In particular, her lab continues to focus on two exciting and important biological systems: i) HIV-1 pathogenesis, in particular HIV-1 capsid assembly, maturation, and interactions with host cells; ii) Mechanisms of signal transduction and transmission in bacterial chemotaxis response. Dr. Zhang received many awards, including the Carnegie Science Emerging Female Scientist Award, Senior Vice Chancellor’s Award, United States Department of Health and Human Services “On-the-Spot” Award.