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Dr.Huaijun Zhou
University of California Davis
Title: FAANG Initiative: Functional annotation of regulatory elements of the chicken genome




Huaijun Zhou received his BS and MS in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Yangzhou University in China. He earned his PhD in molecular genetics and immunogenetics in 2002 and MS in bioinformatics and computational biology in 2003 from Iowa State University. In 2006, Zhou joined the faculty in the Department of Poultry Science, Texas A&M University, as an assistant professor. Then, he was recruited to Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis in 2011. He is currently an associate professor, Chancellor’s Fellow (One of the most prestigious honors for faculty at UC Davis). Zhou’s world-recognized research program applies contemporary genetic, genomic and bioinformatics technologies to answer important biological questions and apply the knowledge to improve global food security, animal welfare, production efficiency, and food safety. His main research program has focused on genetic resistance to pathogen, the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host–pathogen interaction in chickens, and functional annotation of regulatory elements in farm animal species. He has received more than $13 million in funding from US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation (NSF) China, and Poultry Breeding Company etc.. Zhou is the Program Director of USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry (one of 24 Innovation Labs in the US; http://feedthefuture.gov/lp/feed-future-innovation-labs), under the US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, and Program Director of USDA NIFA Animal Systems Biology Analysis and Modeling Center. Current projects include: Improving food security in Africa by enhancing resistance to NDV and heat in chickens; Defining the Molecular mechanism of gut colonization resistance in chicks; Functional annotation of regulatory elements in livestock genomes; and Animal systems biology analysis and modeling. Zhou has published 78 full-length papers, 1 book chapter and 137 abstracts and conference proceedings. He has been invited to give more than 50 talks at national and international conferences and research institutes. He has served on the USDA and NSF review panels and reviewed research grants for national and international funding agencies. He is also an associate editor of Poultry Science, academic editor of PLoS ONE, on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Livestock Genomics, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, and Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, and has reviewed scientific papers for more than 50 highly respected journals. He was honored Outstanding Overseas Young Investigator Award, NSF China (2009), Hy-Line International Research Award (2010) and PSA Early Achievement Award for Research (2011).Evonik Degussa Award for Achievement in Poultry Science in 2016.


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