Jinying Zhao

Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD

Director, Division Of Genetic Epidemiology Professor, Department Of Epidemiology Preeminence Faculty

Department: PHHP-COM EPIDEMIOLOGY
Business Phone: (352) 273-5933
Business Email: jzhao66@ufl.edu

About Jinying Zhao

Jinying Zhao is a Professor and Director of the Division of Genetic Epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. She received her MD at the Zhengzhou University School of Medicine in China (1989), her first PhD in Molecular Genetics at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (1996), and her second PhD in Statistical Genetics & Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2005). Dr. Zhao’s research focuses primarily on genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics. These two emerging fields are highly correlated but fundamentally different, with the former highlighting clinical or public health applications, whereas the latter focusing on theoretical or methodology development for genetic studies. The long-term goals of her research are to identify novel ‘omics’ biomarkers (e.g., genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microbiomics) for human chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, major depression and Alzheimer’s disease, to unravel interactions among genes and between genes and environments, and to develop novel statistical and bioinformatics approaches to uncovering the complex genetic, epigenetic and metabolic pathways inherent in human complex disorders. Currently, Dr. Zhao serves as the Principal Investigator of four large, ongoing NIH-funded R01 projects: 1) Telomere attrition and diabetes risk in American Indians (funded by NIDDK); 2) Epigenetic determinants for major depression: a monozygotic discordant twin study (funded by NIMH); 3) Novel metabolic predictors of diabetes in American Indians (funded by NIDDK); and 4) Genome-wide profiling of brain DNA hydroxymethylome in Alzheimer’s disease (funded by NIA). Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Zhao was a faculty member at Tulane University and Emory University. Dr. Zhao’s research excellence was recognized by several prestigious awards, e.g., the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award, the Roger R. Williams Award for Genetic Epidemiology, presented by the American Heart Association. Dr. Zhao has also been mentoring graduate students (MS, MPH, and PhD), clinical fellows and junior faculty.

Publications

Grants

Jan 2020 ACTIVE
Telomere length, DNA methylation, and CVD risk: transethnic meta-EWAS in four large prospective cohorts
AMER HEART ASSOCIATION · Mentor
Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Genome-wide profiling of brain 6mA methylome in AD
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
Jan 2018 ACTIVE
Training Program for Applied Research and Development in Genomic Medicine
NATL INST OF HLTH NHGRI ·
Aug 2017 ACTIVE
Epigenetic mechanisms of emotional/behavioral health among impoverished African American youth
NATL INST OF HLTH NIMHD ·
Jul 2017 ACTIVE
The Total Environment and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: A Precision Public Health Approach
AMER HEART ASSOCIATION · Project Manager
Jun 2017 ACTIVE
DRPD-R0F2017: An Integrated Multi-'omics' Analysis of Myelodysplastic Syndromes
UF DSR OPPORTUNITY FUND · Principal Investigator
Sep 2016 ACTIVE
Novel Metabolic Predictors of Diabetes in American Indians
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Principal Investigator
Aug 2016 ACTIVE
Epigenetic Determinants of Major Depression: a Monozygotic Discordant Twin Study
NATL INST OF HLTH NIMH · Principal Investigator
Aug 2016 – May 2017
Telomere Attrition and Diabetes Risk in American Indians
TULANE UNIV · Principal Investigator
Jun 2016 ACTIVE
Genome-wide Profiling of Brain DNA Hydroxymethylome in Alzheimers Disease
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
Apr 2015 ACTIVE
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-5933
Emails:
Business:
jzhao66@ufl.edu