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Oklahoma State University


Animal & Food Sciences

STILLWATER, OK 74078-7051
Phone: 405-744-8867
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Molecular immunology, gut health, gut immunity, gut microbiota, nutritional immunology, alternatives to antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance


Dr. Zhang is currently a professor of molecular immunology and Boulware Endowed Chair in the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences. He received his BS and MS degrees in Animal Science from China Agricultural University, and his PhD in Immunophysiology from Kansas State University. He joined OSU in January 2002 after two years of postdoctoral training in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Department of Immunobiology at Yale University Medical School. At OSU, Dr. Zhang has been teaching ANSI 4843 Application of Biotechnology in Animal Science and ANSI 5753 Techniques in Animal Molecular Biology. His research has been focused on the modulation of animal innate immunity and intestinal microbiota, with the long-term goal of developing innovative antibiotic-free strategies to achieve optimal animal health and productivity. Dr. Zhang thoroughly enjoys research, teaching, student mentoring, and training of future animal scientists. He has been recognized with such awards as the Regents Distinguished Research Award (2018) from OSU, the James A. Whatley Award (2014) from the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the Don M. Tyler Award (2014) from the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences. He was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2012 and endowed with a Ralph and Leila Boulware Chair in Animal Science in 2016.