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Oct. 27th Seminar - Ao Zhang

Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery

Ao Zhang PhD

Synthetic Organic & Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory (SOMCL)

Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM)

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Shanghai, China 201203


Prof. Zhang received his B.S. degree from Sichuan Normal College (now Xihua Normal University) in 1992; He was awarded the M.S. degree in 1995 from Nankai University. Then, he worked at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry for 2 years and joined the predoctoral program of the same Institute in 1997 under the supervision of Professor Biao Jiang. After he was awarded the Ph.D. diploma in Organic Chemistry in 2000, he joined the Drug Discovery Group at Georgetown University Medical Center as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2002, he moved to McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School as a Research Investigator, and then was promoted to Instructor of Harvard Medical School in 2003 and Assistant Director of the Medicinal Chemistry Program at McLean Hospital in 2004. He was awarded Alfred Pope Young Investigator Award in 2004 and Adam Corneel Young Investigator Award in 2005 from Harvard Medical School. In 2006 he received the Hundred Talent Project award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and became the Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM). In 2011, he was awarded the Distinguished Young Investigator Award from Chinese Natural Science Foundation.


Dr Zhang’s research interests include the design and synthesis of novel small molecules as structural and functional probes for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders and cancer by using the state-of-art medicinal chemistry strategy. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and 50 patents. Several drug candidates from his research group are now under preclinical studies.

Time: Oct. 27th, 2015, 16:00

Venue: New Biology Building, Room 143

Host: Prof. Yu Rao



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