Elected as ASHK Founding Member in 2015
BSc (Fudan University, China); Ph.D. (University of Calgary, Canada); Academician, The Chinese Academy of Sciences; Founding Member, The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences
Chair Professor and Founding Dean
School of Life Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology
Prof Mingjie Zhang was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province in Sept. 1966. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai in 1988, and his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry in the University of Calgary, Canada in 1994. After a brief postdoctoral training in the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, Canada, he established his own laboratory as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1995. Prof Zhang is currently a Kerry Holdings Professor of Science, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, and Chair Professor in the Division of Life Science, HKUST.
Research in Prof Zhang’s laboratory has been focusing on two areas in the past 20 years. The first area concerns the structural and biochemical basis of neuronal signaling complex organization by scaffold proteins. The second area is how neurons develop polarity during their development and maintain the polarity in their adulthood. Zhang’s lab has been approaching these two fundamental questions in neuroscience by a combination of structural biology, biochemistry, and cell biology approaches. They have published more than 150 research articles in the prestigious scientific journals including Science, Cell, Mol Cell, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, Neuron, PNAS, EMBO J, etc. Prof Zhang’s laboratory is recognized as a world-leading laboratory in the area of neuronal structural biology. Additionally, Prof Zhang has won a number of awards (e.g. 2006 State Natural Science Award，2011 Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and technological Progress etc) for his excellence in scientific research. Prof Zhang was elected as a member of The Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. Prof Zhang has been dedicating huge amount of his energy in training younger generation of scientists. More than a dozen of Ph.D. graduates and postdoctoral fellows trained in his lab have established their independent research groups around the world.