Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Program Area: Human Nutrition
Chris Zhu is assistant professor of Human Nutrition in the Department of Human Sciences and the Comprehensive Cancer Center since January 2019. He is also a faculty member in the Discovery Theme Food For Health Initiative. Chris obtained his undergraduate and master degree from Donghua University in Shanghai, China. He studied with Professor Jane Hill (currently at Dartmouth College) at the University of Vermont for his PhD, which mainly focused on novel mass spectrometry method development for rapid bacteria detection and identification. Chris then took a postdoctoral position at the Northwest Metabolomics Research Center, the University of Washington with Professor Dan Raftery, worked on the mass spectrometry-based metabolic profiling for cancer biomarker discovery and disease diagnosis/monitoring. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Miami University between 2015 and 2018.
His research investigates the development and application of mass spectrometry-based metabolomics; human microbial metabolic analysis for the understanding of human-microbe interaction; nutritional metabolomics studies; cancer metabolism studies.
- Postdoc, University of Washington, Seattle (Mentor: Professor Dan Raftery)
- PhD, University of Vermont, Burlington (Advisor: Professor Jane Hill)
- MS, Donghua University, Shanghai
- BS, Donghua University, Shanghai
The overarching goal of our research is to develop technologies using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, in combination with advanced chemometrics, for the sensitive, reliable and non-invasive detection and monitoring of human diseases, and to aid the current understanding of complicated disease mechanism, which could ultimately promote the rapid and non-invasive disease detection and discoveries of novel therapeutic targets.
For detailed research group information, please visit the Zhu Lab website