Dr. Fengquan Zhou is a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in neurodevelopment and related disorders, spinal cord injury, optic nerve regeneration (glaucoma), neuronal aging and related neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Zhou’s current research focuses on understanding how neurons generate their complex morpholgies and form proper circuitries during development, and how neurons regenerate to restore connections after brain or spinal cord injuries. Advanced experimental approaches are used in the lab, such as multiomic sequencing and bioinformatics, high resolution 3D imaging, CRISPR/Cas9-dCas9 based genetic manipulations, and various animal models of neurodevelopment and regeneration.
He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in 1992 from Nanjing University in China, where he also completed an M.S. in the same discipline in 1995. He then completed a Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2001. After the conclusion of a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2005.
Dr. Zhou’s research has been supported by grants from NIH and many private foundations, such as The Whitehall Foundation, The March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the Mental Health Research Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and the BrightFocus Foundation. During 2013-2019, Dr. Zhou has served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience.