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The Zhou lab focuses on the elucidation of the structure and dynamics of protein–protein and protein–ligand interactions and their functions in various cellular processes. Our current efforts are directed at enzymes and protein complexes involved in bacterial membrane biosynthesis, translesion DNA synthesis, co-transcriptional regulation, and host-pathogen interactions. Our investigations of these important cellular machineries have led to the development of novel antibiotics and cancer therapeutics, as well as the establishment of new biotechnology adventures.

The Zhou lab integrates a variety of biochemical and biophysical tools, including NMR, X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, and enzymology. The lab has played a major role in the development and application of innovative NMR technologies, including high-resolution, high-dimensional spectral reconstruction techniques.

Recent News

March 1, 2024: Congratulations to Skyler Cochrane, who has been invited for an oral presentation at the upcoming ASM meeting in Atlanta!

September 13, 2023: Congratulations to Jennifer Cheng, whose study in collaboration with Kinya Nomura and Felipe Andreazza in Prof. Sheng-Yang He and Ke Dong labs has elucidated the mysterious function of the DspE/AvrE family of bacterial effectors. Read More

August 9, 2023: Congratulations to Jinshi Zhao and Skyler Cochrane, whose study on a novel antibiotic LPC-233 has been published in Science Translational Medicine and featured in news at Duke and elsewhere.

February 20, 2023: Congratulations to Carly Williams, who has received the prestigious Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science and Paul and Lauren Ghaffari Graduate Fellowship!

February 9, 2023: Congratulations to Carly Williams, who has received a 2023 Graduate Student Pilot Research Grant from Duke School of Medicine Precision Genomics Collaboratory-OBGE for studying cancer biomarkers in response to translesion DNA synthesis inhibitors!

May 11, 2022: Congratulations to Shivesh, Raul, and Qinglin for elucidating the molecule structure and mechanism of how NPR1 controls plant immunity. Read more on HHMI news and APS News.

April 30, 2021: Skyler Cochrane presented her research “Novel Sulfonyl Piperzine Antibiotics Targeting the Lipid A Biosynthetic Enzyme LpxH in Gram-negative Bacteria” during the Antibacterial Targets and Drug Discovery Spotlight Session at Experimental Biology Virtual Conference.

March 15, 2021: Congratulations to Skyler Cochrane for receiving the prestigious Jo Rae Wright Fellowship Award for Outstanding Women in Science! She is one of two awardees being recognized for her research that shows particular creativity and promise.

April 21, 2020: When Drs. Pei Zhou, Ashley Chi, and team determined the inner workings of the protein MESH1, they discovered how human cells deal with stressors and nutrient depletion. Read More

June 6, 2019: Congratulations to Jessica Wojtaszek, Javaria Najeeb, Ben Fenton and their colleagues for the discovery of a small molecule adjuvant that stems cancer drug resistance. The research is published in Cell today! Read more on EurekAlert! & ScienceDaily