Back to Main

Faculty Detail    
Campus Address SHEL 714 Zip 2182
Phone  (20-5) -414
Other websites

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics  Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Assistant Professor
Center  Cystic Fibrosis Research Center  Cystic Fibrosis Research Center Assistant Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Rui Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Zhao received his B.S. degree from Beijing University in China (1998) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa (2004). He received his postdoctoral training in Dr. George Daley’s laboratory at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, and joined the UAB faculty in 2012.

Research/Clinical Interest
Regulation of Self-renewal and Pluripotency in Pluripotent Stem Cells
The research of my lab will focus on the biology of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs). We would like to understand how PSCs remain to be PSCs (self-renewal), how terminally differentiated somatic cells become iPSCs (reprogramming) and how disease-specific iPSCs recapitulate human disease progression in tissue culture dishes (disease modeling).

Pluripotent stem cells, embryonic stem cells, iPS cells, germ cells, somatic cell reprogramming, embryo development, differentiation, disease modeling