Liqin Zhao

  • Associate Professor
  • School of Pharmacy - Pharmacology & Toxicology
785-864-6291
Office
Malott Hall, Room 2046
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Education

  • Research Scientist, Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (2002-2006)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Beijing, China (2002)
  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, China (1999)

Experience

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (2006-2013)
  • Director of Translational Research Laboratory, Director of Core Facilities and Services, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (2009-2013)

Biography

Liqin Zhao’s research focuses on neurobiology and neuroendocrinology of aging and neurodegenerative diseases with an emphasis on late-onset Alzheimer’s that are investigated at both mechanistic and translational levels. Zhao has authored over 50 research articles, 80 conference presentations, and six patents with four granted. She and her research have been featured by multiple news outlets including USC News, USC Trojan Family Magazine, USC Pharmacy Magazine, KU News, Lawrence 6News, NPR News, Nature Medicine, Society for Neuroscience, and Alzheimer’s Association under Spotlight on Researchers Dedicated to Alzheimer’s.

At the KU School of Pharmacy, in addition to directing a research lab, Zhao teaches in both Pharm.D. and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs, with a teaching focus on pharmacology of the nervous system including both autonomic and central nervous system. Dr. Zhao also directs the “Beyond the Lab” career development program.


Events
2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU