Dr. Hong Zhang is an Investigator in the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and had his postdoc training in the MGH Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School. Zhang’s lab demonstrated that during C. elegans embryogenesis, specialized protein aggregates, called PGL granules, are removed by autophagy in somatic cells. Using this as a model, his lab identified a set of metazoan-specific autophagy genes, known as epg genes. Recently, his lab uncovered that phase separation and transition control autophagic degradation of PGL granules. Dr. Hong Zhang is an Associate Editor for Autophagy and is also on the editorial Board for TIBS, Journal of Cell Biology and eLife, among many other journals.
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