Zhang Yongliang PhD, Singapore

Dr Zhang Yongliang obtained his PhD in 2002 from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He performed his postdoctoral research in Department of Immunology, University of Washington, and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA. He joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, NUS, as an Assistant Professor in 2009. He was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2017. Research in his laboratory focuses on deciphering the physiological and pathophysiological functions of a group of proteins known as MAPK phosphatases (MKPs) or dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs). He utilizes multiple animal models including cancer, metabolic disease, and microbial infection models, and clinical sample analysis to address the function of DUSPs. Findings made by his group unveiled novel and important roles played by MKPs/DUSPs in various diseases. He has published research articles in top international journals including Nature, Nature Immunology, Immunity, EMBO J, PNAS, Oncogene and Cell Reports.