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Jenny Huanjiao Zhou, MD, PhD

Associate Research Scientist



Jenny Huanjiao Zhou got both M.D. and Ph.D. degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China. Specifically, Dr. Zhou got her doctoral degree in Ophthalmic specialty from Zhongshan Ophthalmic center at Sun Yat-sen University and was joint-trained as China’s Scholarship Council sponsored postgraduate at Yale. She has performed 4-year post-doctoral training in vascular biology at the Department of Pathology, Yale School of Medicine. She then was promoted to an Associate Research Scientist at Yale in 2017. Dr. Zhou has strong interests in cardiovascular and retinal disease, including endothelial signaling and biology, vascular malformation and remodeling. Her goal is to dissect the molecular mechanisms for angiogenesis and vasculogenesis and facilitate new therapeutic strategies for vascular diseases. For example, she has established inducible endothelial-specific CCM3 mouse model for human cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) disease and have intriguingly found that blockade of exocytosis or inhibition of Angiopoietin2-Tie2 signaling completely blunts CCM lesion formation in the mouse model (Zhou HJ, et al, Nat Med, 2016; Nat Commun, 2021). This work has greatly encouraged CCM patients with the hope of saving life. Dr. Zhou is a member of NAVBO, AHA, and Yale Stem Cell Center. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Asia-ARVO meeting’s Full Travel Fellowship Grant Award (Singapore, 2011), Angioma Alliance’s Full Trainee Travel Award (Award Lecture in 2014 and 2016), Best Poster Award for Postdoctoral Category at 16th Annual Retreat of Vascular Biology & Therapeutics Center at Yale (2016), American Heart Association (AHA) Postdotoral Fellowship Award (2017), AHA Career Development Award (2019), NIH Grant Award (2021).

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow
    Yale University (2017)
  • Postgraduate Fellow
    Yale University (2013)
  • PhD
    Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Ophthalmology
  • MS
    Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Ophthalmology
  • MD
    Zhongshan Medical School, Sun Yat-sen University, Clinical Medicine

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Career Development AwardAmerican Heart Association2019
Postdoctoral Fellowship AwardAmerican Heart Association2017
Angioma Alliance’s Trainee Travel AwardThe Angioma Alliance 12th CCM Scientific Meeting2016
Best Poster Award for Postdoctoral CategoryVascular Biology & Therapeutics Sixteenth Annual Retreat at Yale University2016
Angioma Alliance’s Full Trainee Travel AwardThe Angioma Alliance 10th CCM Scientific Meeting2014
Full Travel Fellowship Grant AwardThe Third Asia-ARVO meeting on Research in Vision and Ophthalmology2011

Departments & Organizations