Zhou Zhong, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

I chose the University of Pittsburgh because it has great reputation of its virological research, many outstanding mentors and advanced research facilities. Here I am exposed to cutting-edge knowledge of virology and state-of-art imaging techniques, as Pitt has one of the best imaging centers in the country. I also enjoy the living in this city, where I don't feel too crowded as big cities but still very convenient to get around.

Doctoral Dissertation

Cytopmasic CPSF6 and Cyclophilin A Modulate HIV-1 Trafficking

Education & Training

  • PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2020
  • BS in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012

Research Interests

I am interested in studying how viruses hijack host machinery to infect host cells. I am always fascinated by how simple yet complex the viruses are. I am also interested to use advanced microscopy to study microorganisms.


Eun YJ, Zhou M, Kiekebusch D, Schlimpert S, Trivedi RR, Bakshi S, Zhong Z, Wahlig TA, Thanbichler M and Weibel DB. 2013. Divin: a small molecule inhibitor of bacterial divisome assembly. J Am Chem Soc. 135: 9768-9776.

Crooks JA, Stilwell VD, Oliver PM, Zhong Z and Weibel DB. 2015. Decoding the Chemical Language of Motile Bacteria by Using High-Throughput Microfluidic Assays. Chembiochem. 16: 2151-2155.