Liqin Zhao

  • Associate Professor
  • School of Pharmacy - Pharmacology & Toxicology
Malott Hall
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


  • Postdoctoral, Bejing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Bejing, China (2002)
  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang Shi, Liaoning Sheng, China (1999)


Liqin Zhao’s research focuses on brain aging, neurodegenerative (with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease) and neuropsychological disorders (with an emphasis on depression) that are investigated at both mechanistic and translational levels. Zhao has authored more than 50 research articles, 80 conference presentations, six patents (four granted), and served as an editor/reviewer for more than 30 medical research journals. She and her research have been featured by multiple news outlets including USC News, USC Trojan Family Magazine, USC Pharmacy Magazine, KU News, KU Chancellor’s Report, Lawrence 6News,  Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Nature Medicine, 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 and training students on their research activities, Zhao teaches in both Pharm.D. and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs, with a teaching focus on the nervous system including both autonomic and central nervous system.  Dr. Zhao also directs the “Beyond the Lab” career development program.

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