About the PI
Ke Zhang, Ph.D.
Dr. Ke Zhang studied X-ray crystallography in the laboratory of Zihe Rao during his B.S. at Tsinghua University. He then joined the Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine to continue studying X-ray crystallography. However, after the first three years of Ph.D., he realized that his research interest was actually in neurogenetics and decided to pursue a career in that direction. Thus, he switched to the laboratory of Hugo Bellen, a renowned Drosophila geneticist, to accomplish the rest of his Ph.D. In the Bellen laboratory, he learned to use Drosophila as a genetic model to study the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. His thesis focused on understanding how reactive oxygen species disrupt lipid metabolism in several neurodegenerative diseases caused by mitochondrial defects. After graduating, he performed his postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Jeffrey Rothstein and Thomas Lloyd at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, using human cell lines, iPS-derived neurons, and Drosophila as models to study the molecular mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia.
Education and Training:
2019 Postdoc Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
2013 Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
2005 B.S. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Honors and Awards:
2018 Springboard Fellowship Award, Target ALS Foundation
2016 The Helen B. Taussig Research Award, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
2014 The Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship, The ALS association
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