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Zhao Zhang

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Box 3813 DUMC, LSRC Building, C Wing, Durham, NC 27710
Box 3813 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Zhang is Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2014. Skipped PostDoc training, Dr. Zhang established his own research group in  2014 at Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In 2019, he was recruited to Duke University as the very first scholar from the Duke Science and Technology program. His lab studies transposons and circular DNA during development and tumorigenesis. His research has been recognized by multiple awards, including NIH Director's Early Independence Award, the Larry Sandler Award from the Genetics Society of America, and Pew Biomedical Scholar.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology · 2019 - Present Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Basic Science Departments
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology · 2022 - Present Cell Biology, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute · 2019 - Present Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Institutes and Centers
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2019 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers
Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center · 2021 - Present Duke Regeneration Center, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Massachusetts, Medical School · 2013 Ph.D.