Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Director of the Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines
University of California, Los Angeles
Hong Zhou is a Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and the Director of the Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his early education in physics at the University of Science and Technology of China and earned his PhD (in 1995) in biochemistry at the Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas, USA, under the supervision of Professor Wah Chiu.
Zhou has published over 160 research articles and book chapters. He uses cryoEM to determine three-dimensional structures of molecular complexes near their native functional states at near atomic resolution. His research addresses both practical and fundamental biological questions, such as how viruses assemble and spread and how proteins and nucleic acids interact to store and release energy, to transduce signals, and to perform tasks of chemistry or functions of life.
Zhou was a Pew Scholar in Biological Sciences and a Basil O’Connor Scholar of the March of Dimes Foundation. He is a recipient of a Burton Award and K. H. Kuo Distinguished Scientist Award.