Dr. Peijun Zhang is a Professor of Structural Biology in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford University and the founding director of eBIC (the UK National Electron Bio-imaging Centre) at the Diamond Light Source. She obtained B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Solid State Physics from Nanjing University, and Ph.D. in Biophysics and Physiology from University Virginia. She was a post-doctoral fellow and subsequently a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, and then an Assistant Professor and a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She joined Oxford and Diamond Light Source in 2016. Professor Zhang’s research is aimed at an integrated, atomistic understanding of molecular mechanisms of virus and bacterial infections by developing and combining novel technologies for high-resolution cryoEM and cryo-electron tomography with complementary computational and biophysical/biochemical methods. Her current research efforts focus on HIV-1 capsid assembly, maturation, intracellular trafficking, and nuclear transport. In bacteria, the Zhang laboratory investigates chemotaxis signaling with the long-term goal of mapping out the signaling pathways by assembling the time-resolved structural “snapshots” of signaling states.
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