Zunsong Hu, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s degree in preventive medicine in 2012 from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China. Then, he joined Dr. Dongfeng Gu’s laboratory in Fuwai Hospital, Peking Union Medical College in Wuhan, China, for his Ph.D. training in epidemiology and health statistics and graduated in 2017.
He joined the laboratory of Qi Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., in University of Tennessee Health Science Center for his postdoctoral training in 2018, and then he joined the laboratory of Zhaohui Gu, Ph.D., in the Department of Computational and Quantitative Medicine and Department of Systems Biology in September 2020.
His major scientific interests are integrating multi-omics datasets to study complex diseases and risk factors. Currently, he is using high-throughput omics (including genomics, bulk and single-cell transcriptomics and functional genomics) to develop classification standards for leukemia and cancer subtypes. His research aims are to dissect genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic mechanisms underlying each malignancy subtype.
Education & Experience
2017, Ph.D., Epidemiology and Health Statistics, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
2012, B.S., Preventive Medicine, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
2020-present, Postdoctoral Fellow, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
2017-2020, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Awards & Memberships
2019, Member, American Society of Human Genetics
2019, Member, American Heart Association
Hu Z, Tylavsky FA, Kocak M, Fowke JH, Han JC, Davis RL, LeWinn KZ, Bush NR, Sathyanarayana S, Karr CJ, et al. Effects of Maternal Dietary Patterns during Pregnancy on Early Childhood Growth Trajectories and Obesity Risk: The CANDLE Study. Nutrients 2020;12.
Hu Z, Tylavsky FA, Han JC, Kocak M, Fowke JH, Davis RL, Lewinn K, Bush NR, Zhao Q. Maternal metabolic factors during pregnancy predict early childhood growth trajectories and obesity risk: the CANDLE Study. International Journal of Obesity 2019; 43:1914-1922.
Hu Z, Liu F, Li M, He J, Huang J, Rao DC, Hixson JE, Gu C, Kelly TN, Chen S, Gu D, Yang X. Associations of variants in the CACNA1A and CACNA1C genes with longitudinal blood pressure changes and hypertension incidence: The GenSalt Study, Am J Hypertens, 2016, 29(11): 1301-1306.
Han C, Hu Z, Liu F, Yang X, Kelly TN, Chen J, Huang J, Chen CS, He J, Chen S, Wu X, Gu D, Lu X. Genetic variants of cGMP-dependent protein kinase genes and salt sensitivity of blood pressure: the GenSalt study, J Hum Hypertens, 2018; 2018;33:62-68.
Li L, Wang L, Li H, Han X, Chen S, Yang B, Hu Z, Zhu H, Cai C, Chen J, Li X, Huang J, Gu D. Characterization of LncRNA expression profile and identification of novel LncRNA biomarkers to diagnose coronary artery disease. Atherosclerosis, 2018, 275:359-367.
Li H, Han X, Hu Z, Huang J, Chen J, Hixson JE, Rao DC, He J, Gu D, Chen S. Associations of NADPH oxidase-related genes with blood pressure changes and incident hypertension: The GenSalt Study, J Hum Hypertens, 2018, 32(4): 287-293.
Han X, Hu Z, Chen J, Huang J, Huang C, Liu F, Gu C, Yang X, Hixson JE, Lu X, Wang L, Liu D-P, He J, Chen S, Gu D. Associations between genetic variants of NADPH oxidase-related genes and blood pressure responses to dietary sodium intervention: The GenSalt Study, Am J Hypertens, 2017, 30(4): 427-434.
Cheng M, Hu Z, Lu X, Huang J, Gu D. Caffeine intake and atrial fibrillation incidence: dose response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies, Can J Cardiol, 2014, 30(4): 448-54.