Kurt Zhang
Kurt Zhang
, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Rigor & Reproductibility Core

Office: Room 403B / Lab: Room 425
Center for Epigenetics and Disease Prevention 
Institute of Biosciences & Technology
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
2121 W. Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030
Email: kzhang@medicine.tamhsc.edu
Phone: 713-677-7476 (IBT),  979-847-8714 (NFSC)
Faculty Bio

Education and Training

1996    Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Wuhan University, China

2004    M.S., Computer Science (Computational Biology), 
             Kansas State University

2008    Ph.D., Statistics (Bioinformatics),
             Kansas State University

Research Interests

Dr. Zhang's long-term goal is to decode genetic events and molecular interactions of biological processes, and rigorously represent the complex molecular behaviors with mathematical models. We use advanced high-throughput technology and robust stochastic models to obtain the systematic picture of a biological process. Multiple types of omics data, such as microarray, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, lipidomics and proteomics are collected through innovative study designs in animals and humans, and are modeled for integrative analysis. Using embryonic mouse as a model system, one of our current focuses is to untangle the spatial and dynamic gene-gene interaction networks during heart development, and illustrate how environmental factors introduce adverse molecular changes and morphological defects. We are also investigating the transgenerational epigenetic variations carried from overweight mother to the offspring, and how the change of lifestyles would prevent childhood obesity.