Dr. Zhang, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be provided with $987,435 over the next five years (beginning Feb 15, 2017) to support research into understanding the biogenesis of microRNAs, a class of evolutionarily conserved noncoding RNAs that regulate more than 60% of all protein genes and serve as critical regulators in all biological processes.
Dr. Zhang’s overall research program aims to develop and apply state-of-the-art nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques, together with computational and biochemical approaches, to understand non-coding RNA functions and their misregulation in human diseases. The long-term goal of his program is to integrate this knowledge into developing RNA-based regulatory devices and RNA-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Please learn more on his lab website: http://www.unc.edu/~zhangqi/web/People.html
Dr. Zhang, is a also previous recipient of the March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Scholar Award and a UNC Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and received postdoctoral training in UCLA as a Baltimore Family Postdoctoral Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation.