Z. Hong Zhou
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Abstract of Interview
Z. Hong Zhou was born in Hunan Province in China the year before the Cultural Revolution, the eldest of three siblings. His father was a factory worker who was home only one day a week; his mother a housewife who cared for her children. Though in school, Zhou felt as if he had little to no education prior to middle school, since the first few years of the Revolution were spent trying to organize an educational system (Zhou's first-grade teacher held class in an abandoned building found in the area). At the end of the Cultural Revolution, though, China committed itself to science and Zhou's father, in response, spent a month's salary on buying a set of science books for Zhou to encourage his education. At the age of fourteen Zhou went off to high school at a boarding school a distance away from his village, not returning to see his home for over a year. Zhou did well on his college entrance exams and, with an intense interest in high-energy physics, he applied to and was accepted at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei. Ultimately he received a master's degree under Lienchao Tsien conducting research using cyclotron radiation imaging, also intending to pursue a doctoral degree abroad. He started his graduate education at New York University but then moved on to the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, working in Wah Chiu's laboratory—his doctoral thesis focused on imaging the herpes virus. After meeting L. Ridgway Scott, Zhong decided to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship as a National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health-sponsored trainee in the Departments of Mathematics and of Computer Sciences at the University of Houston under Scott developing computational biology methods. From there he accepted a position at the University of Texas Medical Center studying viruses using structural and computational biology. At the end of the interview Zhong talks about balancing his family life and his career; the impact of the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences on his work; his lab management style; and the practical applications of his research. He also discusses his collaboration with industry; his future research developing the technology of imaging while studying viral cell interactions; and the process of conducting scientific research before speaking more about the role of the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences in his research.
|1986||University of Science and Technology of China||BS||Physics|
|1989||University of Science and Technology of China||MS||Physics|
|1995||Baylor College of Medicine||PhD||Biochemistry|
University of Houston
University of Texas Health Science Center
W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology
Houston-Area Molecular Biophysics Program
Baylor College of Medicine
|1991 to 1995||
Numerous oral and poster presentation awards as trainees
|1992 to 1995||
W. M. Keck pre-doctoral fellow in computational biology
Best PhD Dissertation Award, Rice University/University of Texas
|1995 to 1997||
NLM/NIH-sponsored postdoctoral trainee
|1999 to 2003||
Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
Basil O'Connor Scholar Award of the March of Dimes Foundation
Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Institute
Burton Award from the American Microscopy Society
Table of Contents
Family background. Early education. Siblings. Attends high school in HunanProvince, China. Childhood experiences. Influential teachers. Interest inphysics. College entrance examinations in China. High school physics teacher. Parental expectations. Reasons for choosing the University of Science and Technology of China. Majors in physics. Education in China after the Cultural Revolution. Extracurricular activities. College experiences. Decides to attend graduate school abroad. Getting passport. Earns a master's degree in physics at University of Science and Technology of China.
Master's research under Lienchao Tsien using cyclotron radiation imaging. Applying to United States graduate schools from China. College job. Attends New York University. Marries. First experiences in New York. Move to Wah Chiu's laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Doctoral thesis under Chiu imaging the herpes virus. Meets and works as a postdoctoral fellowfor L. Ridgway Scott developing computational biology methods. Scott's mentoring style. Personal goals. Reasons for choosing electron microscopy and structural biology. Future research direction. Wife's career. Balancing family and career. Accepts position at University of Texas Medical Center. Setting up lab. Children.
More on setting up laboratory. Current research studying viruses using structural and computational biology. Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. Wah Chiu's mentoring style. Grant-writing process. Writing journal articles. Role in the lab. Typical workday. Lab management style. Administrative duties. Practical applications of research. Collaboration with industry. Futureresearch developing the technology of imaging while studying viral cellinteractions. Duties to professional community. Professional goal. More on Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.