John Zhang is Co-Director of Computational Chemistry Institute, Professor of Chemistry, NYU Shanghai and Global Network Professor, NYU. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was professor of chemistry at New York University and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a PhD from University of Houston and a BS from East China Normal University.
Zhang’s current research focus is the development and application of novel computational methods for accurate and efficient study of biological systems. He develops quantum and classical methods, including new polarized force field to accurately predict protein structure, free energy in protein-drug and protein-protein bindings, and conformational dynamics of membrane proteins, structure, and dynamics of metalloproteins, etc.
Zhang has won many awards and fellowships, including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1990), the National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship (1994), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (1995), and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1995). He also received Outstanding Overseas Young Scientist Award of NSFC (2001), Chang Jiang Lecture Professor of MOE (2003), and Thousand Talent program (2009).
- PhD, Chemical Physics
University of Houston