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Le Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology and of Neuroscience

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Le Zhang, PhD

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Le Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and of Neuroscience at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on the immune responses of the central nervous system in neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder, and Multiple sclerosis, using cutting-edge single cell technologies.

Dr. Zhang obtained her B.S. in Biological Science from Peking University in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Hong Kong in 2010, where she studied epigenetic regulation in aging and senescence with Dr. Zhongjun Zhou. Dr. Zhang continued her training in epigenetics as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Zhaolan Zhou at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the field of neuroscience and as a research fellow with Dr. Jordan Kreidberg at Harvard Medical School in the area of development. After a short journey at Pfizer in the R&D of neuroscience, Dr. Zhang joined Yale School of Medicine as Associate Research Scientist, leading single cell research in neurological disorders, and started her current position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology in 2020.

Education & Training

  • Research Fellow
    Harvard Medical School (2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2011)
  • PhD
    The University of Hong Kong (2010)
  • BS
    Peking University (2004)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Interoception Research Initiative Early-Stage Investigator Travel AwardNIH2023
NIH NIDA’s Avenir Award (DP2)NIH2022
Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) Research Scholar AwardYale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center2021
Women’s Health Research at Yale Pilot Project AwardYale Women's Health Research Center2020
Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Project AwardYale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center2019
Kavli Institute for Neuroscience Innovative Research AwardKavli Institute2019
Yale Center for Genome Analysis Pilot ResearchYale University2018
Keystone Symposia ScholarshipKeystone Symposia2009

Professional Service

Yale University School of Medicine Faculty Advisory CouncilRepresentative2018 - Present

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