Zhaohui Zhou (pronounced like Joe), a.k.a. Sunny, received his B.S. in chemistry in 1990 from the Department of Chemistry at Peking University, Beijing, China. He then worked with Professor Qi-Ping Gao on natural products at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Materia Medica, Changchun, Jilin, China. In 1997, he received his Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from Scripps Research Institute under Professor Donald Hilvert (now at ETH). He did postdoctoral research in enzymology and biochemistry with Professor Rowena G. Matthews at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2000 to 2006, he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Chemistry at Washington State University in Pullman. Currently, he is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University and a Faculty Fellow at the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis. Also he serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the graduate program in chemistry.
His research interest includes bioorganic chemistry, protein chemistry, enzymology, bioanalytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry and biotechnology. For teaching, he is developing a new long-distance/online course on protein modification and bioconjugation. In addition to his academic activities, he has also served as consultants for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. The methyltransferase assays he invented have been commercialized by G-Biosciences and Cayman Chemical.
His LinkedIn page is www.linkedin.com/in/sunnyzhou.