Weixing Zhao, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in MB&B

Departments & Organizations

Sung Lab


Weixing Zhao received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology/Botany from Peking University, China, where he also earned his B.S. in Plant Molecular & Development Biology. Dr. Zhao joined Yale university in 2007, first as a postdoctoral associate and then as an associate research scientist in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he focused on understanding the molecular mechanism of the homology-directed repair of DNA double-strand breaks that is dependent on the tumor suppressors BRCA1 and BRCA2. Currently, working with Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou, Dr. Zhao's research interest is to determine whether and how reactive aldehydes affect the efficacy of BRCA1/2-dependent DSB repair and to explore the possibility of using aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) inhibitors for treating BRCA1/2 deficient cancers. Dr. Zhao's research findings have appeared in high impact journals including Nature, Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. and Mol. Cell.

Education & Training

PhD Peking University (2007)
BS Peking University (2002)

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