Ao Zhang was born in Sichuan of China in 1969. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1992 from Sichuan Normal College. He was awarded an M.S. degree in organic chemistry in 1995 from Nankai University. After that, he worked in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry for two years and then was recommended to the predoctoral program of the same institute in 1997 under the supervision of Professor Biao Jiang and obtained his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 2000. From 2001 to 2002, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor Alan P Kozikowski's Drug Discovery Group at Georgetown University Medical Center. Since 2002, he joined Professor John L. Neumeyer's Medicinal Chemistry Group as a Research Investigator at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he was promoted to Instructor at Harvard Medical School in 2003 and was appointed to Assistant Director of the Medicinal Chemistry Program at McLean Hospital in 2004. Starting from 2006, he was awarded a Hundred Talent Project from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and worked as a Full Professor and Principal Investigator at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, where he is the Director of Synthetic Organic & Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory (SOMCL). Dr. Zhang's research interests include (1) Design and synthesis of novel small molecules targeted to G-protein-coupled receptors; (2) total synthesis of naturally bioactive products and structural modification; (3) development of new chemical inhibitors targeting kinase promiscuity as treatment of cancer.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2010