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Chengji Zhou, PhD, Associate Professor

Research interests. About one in every 33 babies in the United States are born with a sort of birth defects or congenital malformations  (according to CDC report). The cause and prevention of many or most birth defects remain largely unknown. Chengji conducts research focused on several common birth defects in animal models for their causal mechanisms and prevention strategies by leading a talented and passionate research team. He is also fascinated by the power of stem cells, which may hold the key for tissue repair and regeneration and help cure injured or sick children.

Teaching experience. Human Neuroanatomy (CHA403 for medical students), Mouse Molecular Genetics (MCB215 critical reading course for BMCDB graduate students), MCB220L (seminar for BMCDB students), CHA199 & CHA299 (special research courses for undergraduate & graduate students or rotation graduate students).

Email: cjzhou (at)
Office phone: 916-453-2268
Lab phone: 916-453-2159


2005-            Principal Investigator
2001-2005      Postdoc in Developmental Neurobiology,  University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
              (mentored by Sam Pleasure)
1994-2001      BS, MS, PhD in Biology/Biophysics, Waseda University
              (supervised by Sakae Kikuyama (now Emeritus Professor) and also mentored by Seiji Shioda)