Qingjiong ZHANG (China)

Prof. Qingjiong Zhang is director of the Eye Research Institute and vice president of Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center (ZOC), Sun Yat-sen University. He also serves as deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology. He received his medical education at Tongji Medical University (1980-1985) and his training in ophthalmology at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences (1985-1990). He became a full-time staff member at ZOC in 1990 and was promoted to full professor in 1996. Currently, he is a consultant ophthalmologist for pediatric and genetic eye diseases and a principal investigator for ophthalmic molecular genetics at ZOC.

From 1993-1995, Prof. Zhang studied retinoblastoma with Prof. Kensei Minoda at Teikyo University Ichihara Hospital, Japan as a postdoctoral fellow. From 2001-2003, he learned the molecular basis of circadian rhythmicity in the retina with Prof. Joseph C. Besharse at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a visiting scientist. From 2013-2015, he received training in ophthalmic molecular genetics from Dr. J. Fielding Hejtmancik at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA as a research fellow.

Prof. Zhang's major interest focuses on the identification of genetic defects for hereditary eye diseases and their associated phenotypes. Such studies have involved early-onset high myopia, retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis, cone or cone-rod dystrophy, optic neuropathy, glaucoma, congenital cataract, nystagmus, etc.