U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-402-3776
Email: zhanguog@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Staff ScientistNIDDK, NIH2004–present
  • Visiting FellowNIDDK, NIH2000–2004
  • Assistant ProfessorCenter of Excellence, Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology1995–1998
  • Research AssociateCenter of Excellence, Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology1993–1995
  • ResidentVeteran Hospital1988–1990
  • Medical StudentMedical College of Weifang1983–1988
  • Ph.D. and Visiting ScientistLeiden University1998–2000
  • M.Sci. and Research AssistantBeijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology1990–1993

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    Zhan-Guo Gao, Ph.D.

    Staff Scientist, Molecular Recognition SectionLaboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry
    • Biomedical Engineering/Biophysics/Physics
    • Cancer Biology
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology/Infectious diseases (non-viral)
    • Molecular Pharmacology/Toxicology
    Research Summary/In Plain Language

    Research in Plain Language

    My research is in the field of pharmacology. My goal is to gain a better understanding of the ways that cells communicate with each other, and with certain medications, to help fight disease. I work on G protein-coupled cell surface receptors (GPCRs), with a focus on adenosine receptors and P2Y receptors. GPCRs are proteins on special areas of the cell membrane that are involved with cell communication. They are targets for a good portion of all medicines that we use today, acting as a sort of communications bridge between the drugs and the body’s cells. Adenosine receptors and P2Y receptors are two families of GPCRs that help deliver important drug messages for fighting many health conditions.