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Guangju Zhai

BioMedical Sciences
PhD (Tasmania)

Professor, Discipline of Genetics

Craig L. Dobbin Genetics Research Centre, Room: M5M326
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. J ohn’s, NL Canada  A1B 3V6
 
t: (709) 864-6683
f: (709) 864-6537
lab: (709) 864-6638

guangju.zhai@med.mun.ca

Dr. Zhai is looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral bioinformatician to join his team to work on the development of bioinformatic and statistical methods and their application to musculoskeletal disease research. Information about this position can be found here.

Research Interests:

Pathogenesis and etiology of osteoarthritis; population genetic structure of Newfoundland & Labrador; metabolomics and genomics of complex traits 

Education:

2005: PhD (Medicine), University of Tasmania, Australia

2002: MSc (Genetic Epidemiology), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Professional Experience: 

09/2016 – present: Professor, Discipline of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
 
05/2011 – 09/2016: Associate Professor, Discipline of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University 
 
05/2011 – present: Senior Honorary Research Fellow, King’s College London, UK
 
09/2012 – present: Senior Research Scientist, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, Halifax, Canada
 
11/2005 – 05/2011: Senior Genetic Epidemiologist (Postdoctoral Fellow), King’s College London, UK
 
07/2005 – 11/2005:  Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellow), Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania, Australia

Research:

Dr. Zhai’s research is concentrated on population-based genetic epidemiological studies. He is interested in applying genomics and metabolomics approaches to identify novel genetic and metabolic markers for osteoarthritis, which can be used to predict disease risk and help better understand the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. He is also interested in unraveling genetic structure of isolated populations such as the Newfoundland & Labrador population using genome-wide genotype data, and facilitating the efficiency of genetic mapping using this population. In collaboration with other researchers, he applies epigenomics and metabolomics approaches to other complex traits including diabetes, obesity, colorectal cancer, and ankylosing spondylitis. 
 

Current Financial Support:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Medical Research Fund
  • Seed Bridge and Multidisciplinary Fund

Current Group Members: 
 
Ms. Christie Costello (PhD student)
Mr. Robert Gill (MD student)
Nafiza Hague (MSc student)
Mrs. Ming Liu (Lab Technician)
Alecia Robichaud (MSc student)
Mr. Salem Werdyani (PhD student)
Mr. Zikun Xie (Visiting PhD student)
 
Past Group Members: 
 
Dr. Erfan Aref-Eshghi
Mr. Yuhua Zhang
Ms. Patricia Harper
Mrs. Jieying Xiong
Mrs. Hongwei Zhang
Mrs. Michelle Simms

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