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Prof. Xiang Zhou, alumnus of the Department of Chemistry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has been elected as a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in recognition of his remarkable contributions in the field of chemical biology. There are 65 Academicians elected in 2021, in which 11 of them are specialists in chemistry division. With his great achievements in chemical biology, particular in nucleic acid research, Professor Zhou stands out from the crowd and receives this honour.
Prof. Zhou received his BSc and MSc degree both from Wuhan University in 1986 and 1989 respectively, and earned his PhD degree from the Department of Chemistry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong under supervision of Prof. Kin Shing Chan in 1996. After two postdoc trainings in University of Virginia and University of Maryland, Prof Zhou joined College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, as a Professor in 2001. He served as the Dean of the college from 2005-2020, and was appointed as a Chang Jiang Professor in 2010.
Widely recognized as an academic giant, Professor Zhou’s research interests lie in the fields of chemical biology. Professor Zhou has published widely with over 260 research papers on renowned academic journals including Acc. Chem. Res., Chem. Soc. Rev., Nat. Chem. Biol., Nat.Commun., Sci. Adv.,Chem, J. Am. Chem. Soc.,Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Nucleic Acid Res., JACS Au and Cell Chem. Biol. He has yielded fruitful research results. As a distinguished scholar, Professor Zhou was awarded numerous honours, such as Wuxi PharmaTech Life Science and Chemistry Award; Outstanding Youth Fund from NSFC; First Class Award in Natural Sciences for Research Excellence by the Hubei Province in 2010 and 2020 respectively. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry since 2018.
CAS Members are elected by all current CAS Members with voting rights. Researchers, professors or scholars of similar ranking or specialists of Chinese nationality with outstanding and innovative achievement in the scientific sector can be nominated and elected as a CAS Member. Currently there are 4 CAS academicians in Department of Chemistry of CUHK, including Prof. Thomas Mak, Prof. Henry Wong, Prof. Chi Wu, and Prof. Zuowei Xie. Our alumnus, Prof. Xiaoming Chen, has also been elected as a Member of CAS in 2009.
周院士長期致力於核酸化學生物的研究, 主要研究方向為: (1) 小分子對核酸結構的識別及其功能調控研究; (2) 基於核酸化學技術在疾病診療中的應用。通過小分子對核酸結構的識別和功能調控，開發核酸靶向藥物分子和重大疾病診斷技術，取得了系統的、在國際上有影響力的創新性成果, 推進了核酸化學生物學研究發展。他以通訊或共同通訊作者在Acc. Chem. Res., Chem. Soc. Rev., Nat. Chem. Biol., Nat. Commun., Sci. Adv., Chem, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Nucleic Acid Res., JACS Au, Cell Chem. Biol. 等期刊上發表論文260餘篇。獲湖北省自然科學一等獎 (兩次，排名第一)，藥明康得生命化學研究獎二等獎，國家自然科學基金優秀青年科學基金資助。