Dr. Kai Zhang

B.S.          2002       University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 
Ph.D.        2008       University of California, Berkeley

Postdoc.                         2009-2014       Stanford University 
Assistant Professor        2014-2021       University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor       2021-               University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Administrative Role: 

Associate Head & Director of Graduate Studies 2021- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Journal of Molecular Biology – Associate Editor                                    2018-present
Edited work: Article collection: Chemogenetics and Optogenetics [Link]
Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
– Review Editor                                                                                       2015-2019
– Associate Editor                                                                                   2020-present

Contact Information
Office:     314 B RAL
Lab:        317 RAL
Phone:    217-300-0582
Email:      kaizkaiz@illinois.edu

Mailing Address:
600 South Mathews Avenue
Roger Adams Laboratory, 314 B
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Department Website: http://mcb.illinois.edu/faculty/profile/kaizkaiz/
Lab Website: https://publish.illinois.edu/kaizhanglab/


Beckman Institute:
Neuroscience Program:
Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology:
Cancer Center at Illinois
Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program:


MCB/BIOC 446 CHEM 42: Physical Biochemistry II

NEUR 598: Neuroscience

Course introduction from MCB advising:

Update: MCB/BIOC 446, CHEM 472 will have discussion sessions starting Spring 2017.

Honors and Awards

Scialog Fellow                 Research Corporation for Science Advancement          2020
Spotlight on Early Career Researchers     Journal of Molecular Biology             2017   
Innovative Teaching and Learning Grant                  UIUC                                  2016
American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship ACS                                   2013
Biophysical Society Education Travel Award         Biophysical Society              2013
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Travel Award  ASCB                       2012
Irving Fatt/Samuel Ruben Award                               UC Berkeley                       2004
Guo Moruo Fellowship, Top Fellowship                    USTC                                 2001
Award for Best Undergraduate Research                 USTC                                 2001
Asian Spectra Physics Corporation Fellowship       USTC                                 2000
Legend (now Lenovo) Fellowship                              USTC                                 1999
He Duohui Academician Fellowship                          USTC                                 1998
Outstanding Undergraduate Award                           USTC                                 1997

Complete CV (pdf): Zhang_CV_202112