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Dr. Miao Zhang

Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
Expertise: Ion Channels; Structural Biology; Electrophysiology; Drug Discovery; Movement Disorders
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 297N
Phone: 714-516-5478
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Education:
Hebei Medical University, Bachelor of Science
Hebei Medical University, Master of Science
Kyoto University, Ph.D.

Biography

Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. degree of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Kyoto University in 2007, followed by postdoctoral study in School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Zhang’s group utilizes structural biology techniques to study ion channels, especially small-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SK) channels. Specific areas currently under investigation are (1) structure-aided drug discovery targeting SK2 channels for movement disorders including ataxia and essential tremor; (2) structure-aided drug discovery targeting SK3 channels for vascular diseases. He is an author of ~20 peer-reviewed original research publications on high-impact journals such as Nature Chemical Biology, Science Advances, PNAS and Nature Communications.

Dr. Zhang is a member of the Biophysical Society, Society for Neuroscience, and American Heart Association.

Research Interests

Dr. Zhang’s group utilizes structural biology techniques to study ion channels as drug targets for neurological and cardiovascular diseases. Specific areas currently under investigation are (1) structure-aided drug discovery targeting SK2 channels for movement disorders including ataxia and essential tremor; (2) structure-aided drug discovery targeting SK3 channels for vascular diseases.

 

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