Zhengting Zou

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My name is Zhengting Zou. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow working in Zhang Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan. My research is in the field of molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics.

Education

Peking University, Beijing, China

B.A., Biological Science

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Ph.D., Bioinformatics

Research Experience

2011 - 2013

School of Life Sciences, Peking University

Undergraduate Research Assistant. Advisor: Dr. Shu-jin Luo

Jun, 2012

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Intern Research Assistant. Advisors: Drs. Yann Surget-Groba and Charles Cannon

2013 - 2017

Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan

Graduate Student Research Assistant. Advisor: Dr. Jianzhi "George" Zhang

2017 -

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Research Fellow. Advisor: Dr. Jianzhi "George" Zhang

Honors and Awards

Founder Scholarship, Peking University, 2010

Wu-Si Scholarship, Peking University, 2011

Rackham Conference Travel Grant, University of Michigan, 2014, 2015, 2016

Rackham International Student Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2015

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2016

Bioinformatics Academic Achievement Award, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan, 2016

Young Investigator Travel Award, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2017, 2019

Chinese Government Award For Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, 2017

Funding

Summer Internship Grant, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012

Role: Intern research assistant

NVIDIA GPU Grant, NVIDIA Corporation, 2017

Role: Research fellow applicant

“Deep Learning for Phylogenetic Inference”, $80,000, The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE), University of Michigan, 2018.

Role: Postdoctoral researcher (PI: Jianzhi Zhang; Co-PI: Yuanfang Guan)

Teaching Experience

2014, 2015

BIOINF 527 “Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology”

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

2015

BIOLOGY 305 “Introduction to Genetics”

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

2019

BIOLOGY 173 “Authentic Research Connection: Experimental Evolution of Yeast”

Guest lecturer and course liaison for bioinformatics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Publications

Zhang W, Xu X, Yue B, Hou R, Xie J, Zou Z-T, Han Y, Shen F, Zhang L, Xie Z, Yuan Y, Yin Y, Fu W, Chen D, Huang W, Liu Z, Tang Y, Zhao B, Zhang Q, Chen W, Zhang R, Chen J, Luo S-J, Zhang Z. 2019. Sorting out the Genetic Background of the Last Surviving South China Tigers. J. Hered., accepted.

Zou Z, and Zhang J. 2017. Gene tree discordance does not explain away the temporal decline of convergence in mammalian protein sequence evolution. Mol. Biol. Evol., 34: 1682-1688. PDF

Zou Z, and Zhang J. 2016. Morphological and molecular convergences in mammalian phylogenetics. Nat. Commun., 7: 12758. PDF

Oetjens MT, Shen F, Emery SB, Zou Z and Kidd JM. 2016. Y-Chromosome structural diversity in the bonobo and chimpanzee lineages. Genome Biol. Evol., 8: 2231-2240. PDF

Zou Z, and Zhang J. 2015. Are convergent and parallel amino acid substitutions in protein evolution more prevalent than neutral expectations? Mol. Biol. Evol., 32: 2085-2096. PDF

Zou Z, and Zhang J. 2015. No genome-wide convergence for echolocation. Mol. Biol. Evol., 32: 1237-1241. PDF

Zou Z-T, Uphyrkina O, Fomenko P, Luo S-J. 2015. The development and application of a multiplex short tandem repeat (STR) system for identifying subspecies, individuals and sex in tigers. Integr. Zool., 10: 376-388. PDF

Xu X, Dong G-X, Hu X-S, Miao L, Zhang X-L, Zhang D-L, Yang H-D, Zhang T-Y, Zou Z-T, Zhang T-T, Zhuang Y, Bhak J, Cho YS, Dai W-T, Jiang T-J, Xie C, Li R-Q, Luo S-J. 2013. The genetic basis of white tigers. Curr. Biol., 23: 1031-1035. PDF

Seminars and Conferences

Invited Seminars

“Model-based genomic studies of protein sequence evolution: convergence, epistasis, and amino acid acceptance rates” School of Life Sciences, Peking University, August 2017.

Conference Presentations

Zou Z, Zhang J. 2014. “How prevalent are parallel amino acid substitutions in protein evolution?” Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Puerto Rico, June 2014. Poster presentation.

Zou Z, Zhang J. 2015. “Is convergence less common in protein sequences than morphological traits?” Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vienna, July 2015. Poster presentation.

Zou Z, Zhang J. 2016. “Morphological and molecular convergences in phylogenetic inference” Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Gold Coast, July 2016. Oral presentation.

Zou Z, Zhang J. 2016. “Morphological and molecular convergences in phylogenetic inference” The First Young Scientists Symposium on Evolution and Genetics, Kunming, July 2016. Invited speaker.

Zou Z, Zhang J. 2017. “Are nonsynonymous transversions more deleterious than nonsynonymous transitions?” Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Austin, July 2017. Poster presentation.

Memberships and Services

Member of Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (2014 - ).

Ad hoc reviewer for:
Nature Communications,
Molecular Biology and Evolution,
Genome Biology and Evolution,
Journal of Heredity,
Journal of Molecular Evolution,
PLOS ONE,
BMC Plant Biology,
Frontiers in Zoology,
Philosophical Transactions B,
Current Genomics,
G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics.

EEB “Outstanding Graduate Student Publication” Review Committee, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2018

Social Activity

I am also a popular science writer in Chinese, on the topics of evolution, wildlife conservation and general biological researches.
Invited essays have been published on multiple media platforms such as "Plant and Animal Calendar" and "iScientist" of Guokr Inc.
My own individual media platform : Wechat subscription account "magic_bio".

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