Welcome to the Zhou Laboratory

Our mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about animals for the betterment of animals, society, and the environment in California and beyond.


Research in immunogenetics, molecular genetics, functional genomics, and bioinformatics in poultry. My group is focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host-pathogen interaction including disease resistance, immune response, and pathogenesis of infection. The overall goals are to understand genetic regulation of host response and basic mechanisms of pathogen virulence in animals, to identify host and pathogen genes that are involved in the host-pathogen interplay. The pathogens of interest are food-borne bacteria such as Newcastle disease virus, avian influenza virus, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Another area of my research is to functionally annotate regulatory elements of livestock species by integrating RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, and DNase-seq across different tissues.

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USAID Project: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry (GIP). USDA NIFA project: Functional Annotation of Regulatory Elements in Livestock Species. NIH-NIFA Dual Purpose with Dual Benefits project: Development of Colonization Resistance in Chicks. USDA NIFA National Need Fellowship Project: Genomics for Improving Animal Production (GIAP). USDA NIFA Bioinformatics Project: The Animal Systems Biology Analysis and Modeling Center (ASBAMC)

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