About Us

Lab Members

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Zhang Zhao, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Dr. Zhang obtained his B.S. in biotechnology from Shandong University in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in developmental biology in 2014 from the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the direction of Dr. Yun Zhao. He then joined the lab of Dr. Bruce Beutler at UT Southwestern for his post-doctoral training.

In 2020, Dr. Zhang became an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at UT Southwestern with support from an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00).


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Yu Xun, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
I earned my Ph.D. degree from Hunan Normal University in 2018 and joined the Zhang lab in 2021. My projects focus on the regulation of KBTBD2 and the role of several cilia proteins in the development of obesity.


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Yiao Jiang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
I received my Ph.D. degree from the Center for Excellence in Molecular Cell Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2022 and joined the Zhang lab after graduation. My work focused on the molecular mechanisms of several new genes in the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases.