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A Roche-designated Molecular Center of Excellence (MCOE)


"Yeast for Virus Research" featured on the cover of Micriobial Cell (2017)


Zhaolab research featured on the cover of Cell Research (2005) 


"Practical Protocols in Molecular Biology" co-edited by Dr. Zhao published in two languages with four printings.


"HIV/AIDS in China (2005)": edited by Dr. Zhao to introduce China's HIV epidemic  

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HIV/AIDS - Zika Virus (ZIKV) - Cancer


Translational Genomics/Clinical Research and Trials


Molecular Diagnostics/Individualized Molecular Testing for Precision Medicine



A group of laboratories that carry out comprehensive basic and clinical research, translational genomic research & clinical molecular diagnostics that specializes in the following areas:



Basic Science Research Laboratory:  To study HIV-1, Zika virus (ZIKV) and their effects on viral pathogenesis, drug resistance, host-pathogen interactions, anti-cancer therapy, and high throughput antiviral drug screenings



 Clinical Science Research Laboratory:  To assist molecular diagnostic companies in carrying out clinical studies and trials in a CLIA-compliance environment 



Translational Genomics Laboratory:  To provide translational genomic testing services for translational studies and trials in a CLIA/CAP-accredited  environment as part of the research core facilities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine



Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory:  To provide clinical diagnostic services for patient care in the areas of infectious diseases, familiar/genetic disorders, hematology/oncology and cancer detections; part of the Pathology Laboratories at the University of Maryland Medical Center



   For more information about the ZhaoLab, please e-mail to Dr. Richard Y. Zhao.

Dr. Zhao describes their ZIKV genome research effort (2017)
Dr. Zhao describes Personalized Medicine at UMSOM (2013)
Dr. Zhao discusses Individualized Molecular Testing on Personalized Medicine TV (2012)
Dr. Zhao talks about HIV/AIDS in U.S. and China at VOA (2010)
Dr. Zhao talks about "Individualized Molecular Testing for Personalized Medicine at VOA (2009)
Dr. Zhao was named as the Honorary Director of the Gallo Institute in China (2009)

Dr. Zhao honored with an Endowed Chair as the Bernard L. Mirkin Ph.D/MD Research Scholar at Northwestern (2001)





Maryland researchers identify proteins in Zika linked to birth defects (Baltimore Sun)

Zika research highlighted by PNAS (2017)

How Zika Leads to Fetal Brain Abnormalities (Newsweek 2017)

For the first time, researchers identify key proteins that may make Zika so deadly (Science Daily 2017)







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