Professor Xiaodong Zhang (张晓东教授)

Professor Xiaodong Zhang is Professor of Macromolecular Structure and Function at Department of Medicine of Imperial College London. Professor Xiaodong Zhang is the first recipient of Gertude Goldhabor Women in Physics Award (1993). She received Human Frontier Science Programme Young Investigator Award (2002-2005) and Royal Society Wolfson Merit Research Award (2011). She was elected as the fellow of Society of Biology in 2011 and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator in 2012. She was the director of Centre for Structural Biology at Imperial College London from 2011 to 2014. She was elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 2016. Professor Xiaodong Zhang graduated from Physics Department of Peking University in 1988 and joined Imperial College in 2001. Professor Xiaodong Zhang’s research interest are structures and mechanisms of key components in the DNA damage response, transcription regulation and Structure and mechanism of AAA ATPases p97. Her research aims are to integrate cutting-edge technologies and disciplines to unravel fundamental molecular mechanisms behind pressing human disease with a view to establishing new potential molecular targets for drug therapy, and to determine the structures of proteins and multi-protein complexes to near-atomic detail that may enable build detailed models explaining the existence of the structure/function relationships in the target proteins. 张东晓教授是伦敦帝国理工学院医学教授。她在1993年成为第一位获得美国布鲁克海文国家实验室物理研究奖的女性。2002到2005年她获得人类前沿科学计划青年研究者奖,2011年获英国皇家学会沃尔夫森杰出研究奖。她于2011年成为生物学学会会员, 2012年当选为威康信托基金会高级研究员。2011年至2014年间张教授担任伦敦帝国理工学院结构生物学中心主任,2016年当选为欧洲分子生物学组织成员。 张东晓教授1988年毕业于北京大学物理学系,后于1995年获得纽约大学石溪分校物理学博士学位,并于哈佛大学和英国Cancer Research从事博士后研究。2001年起进入英国帝国理工大学从事研究工作,现任英国帝国理工大学教授。张晓东教授从事生物高分子结构研究工作多年,在多个相关领域取得了突破性成果。2015年8月其研究团队发现了致病细菌防御机制的一种“触发器”,其相关原理可为应对细菌耐药性问题提供新线索。该成果发表于美国《科学》杂志,并被国内外多家媒体转载报道。