MCB Faculty

Chao Zhang

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-7040
Office: LJS 369

Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
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Course Information


  • B.S. Chemistry, Peking University, 6/1998
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Princeton University, 1/2004

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    The long-term goal of my research is to develop and utilize novel chemical tools to dissect functional roles of various proteins in cell-signaling networks, thus accelerating the development of effective therapeutics for the treatment of human diseases. Accordingly, two major focuses in the Zhang lab are to generate chemical probes containing reactive groups to achieve specific, covalent labeling of particular sites in proteins or DNA, and to investigate the conformational regulation of signaling proteins by small-molecule ligands.
    Research Specialties
    Chemical Biology; Chemical Genetics; Medicinal Chemistry

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371