I’ve been lucky to participate in many exciting research projects since college and make some contributions to our understanding of the amazing world!

☨: equal contribution. *: corresponding author.

Evolution of neural circuits

Zhao, Z.*, & McBride, C. S.* (2020). Evolution of olfactory circuits in insects. Journal of Comparative Physiology A.

Mosquito neurobiology

Zhao, Z.*, Zung, J. L., Kriete, A. L., Iqbal, A., Younger, M. A., Matthews, B. J., Merhof, D., Thiberge, S., Strauch, M., & McBride, C. S.* (2020). Chemical signatures of human odour generate a unique neural code in the brain of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. bioRxiv,

Zhao, Z., Tian, D., & McBride, C. S.* (2020). Development of a pan-neuronal genetic driver in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. BioRxiv, 2020.08.22.262527.

Jové, V., Gong, Z.☨, Hol, F. J. H.☨, Zhao, Z. ☨, Sorrells, T. R., Carroll, T. S., Prakash, M., McBride, C. S., & Vosshall, L. B.* (2020). Sensory discrimination of blood and floral nectar by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Neuron. Available on BioRxiv, 02/27/2020.

Mosquito genomics

Matthews, B. J.*, Dudchenko, O., Kingan, S. B., Koren, S. et al. (2018). Improved reference genome of Aedes aegypti informs arbovirus vector control. Nature, 563(7732), 501–507.

Evolution of miRNAs

Luo, J., Wang, Y., Yuan, J., Zhao, Z., & Lu, J.* (2018). MicroRNA duplication accelerates the recruitment of new targets during vertebrate evolution. RNA, 24(6), 787–802.

Modeling of lipid vesicles

Jackman, J. A., Tabaei, S. R., Zhao, Z., Yorulmaz, S., & Cho, N.-J.* (2015). Self-assembly formation of lipid bilayer coatings on bare aluminum oxide: overcoming the force of interfacial water. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7(1), 959–968.

Jackman, J. A., Zan, G. H., Zhao, Z., & Cho, N.-J.* (2014). Contribution of the hydration force to vesicle adhesion on titanium oxide. Langmuir, 30(19), 5368–5372.

Jackman, J. A., Zhao, Z., Zhdanov, V. P., Frank, C. W., & Cho, N.-J.* (2014). Vesicle adhesion and rupture on silicon oxide: influence of freeze–thaw pretreatment. Langmuir, 30(8), 2152–2160.