Liang Zhou

Liang Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.


Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Business Phone: (352) 294-8293
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About Liang Zhou

Liang Zhou, MD, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology (ID&I), College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Florida. Dr. Zhou received his MD from Nanjing Medical University (NMU), China, in 1996 and his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics in 2004.

Dr. Zhou is a molecular immunologist with specialization in two major areas: mucosal immunity and lymphocyte development/differentiation. His research focuses on environmental impact (e.g., microbes and dietary components) on host immunity, especially in mucosal tissues. The majority of his research utilizes mouse genetic models, molecular and cellular immunological approaches, and genome-based technologies. 

In 2015, Dr. Zhou moved to the University of Florida from Northwestern University as part of UF’s Preeminence Initiative in Mucosal Immunology.


Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Shanthi Sitaraman Lecture Series, Lecture speaker
2016 · Georgia State University
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
2013 · Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
2012 · National Institute of Health, NIH
Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences
2011 · Pew Charitable Trusts
Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award
2011 · Cancer Research Institute
ICS Young Investigator Award
2010 · International Cytokine Society
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008 · Howard Hughes Medical Institute
International Cytokine Society Travel Award
2007 · Arthritis National Research Foundation
Postdoctoral Investigator Award
2007 · International Cytokine Society
Ariad Research Fellow–Cancer Research Institute-Irvington Institute Fellowship
2005 · CRI-Irvington Institute

Research Profile

Dr. Zhou is actively involved in mucosal immunology research. Over the years, he has published work in various high impact journals, including Cell, Nature, Immunity, Nature Immunology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science Translational Medicine, and Mucosal Immunology. During the past four years, Dr. Zhou has published four papers as a corresponding author in Immunity elucidating the molecular regulation of a type of innate lymphoid cells (group 3 innate lymphoid cells—ILC3s). His papers are highly cited and have been considered landmark discoveries in the field of immunology.

As a result of his successful research, Dr. Zhou has received various prestigious awards, including being named an International Cytokine Society Young Investigator, a Cancer Research Institute Investigator, a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. He has also been invited to give talks at numerous meetings and institutions nationally and internationally, and his work has been continuously funded by NIH and other private funding agencies since 2005.

Dr. Zhou’s research on the crosstalk between environmental factors and the host immune system in order to control bacterial infections while maintaining immune homeostasis may represent a novel target for immunologic intervention in preventing and treating infectious diseases. His research may also reveal novel therapies through modulation of Ahr activity for autoimmunity and cancer.

Areas of Interest
  • Cancer
  • Gene expression
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiome
  • Mucosal immunology


2019 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Biological Sciences
2018 The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
2018 IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability
2016 Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences


Jul 2017 ACTIVE
Regulation of Gut Innate Lymphoid Cells by Ahr
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Principal Investigator
Jul 2016 ACTIVE
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Principal Investigator
Dec 2015 – Nov 2018
a global view of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor
Dec 2015 ACTIVE
Environmental impact on host-pathogen interaction
BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND · Principal Investigator
Feb 2015 ACTIVE
UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Project Grants funded through the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program


Ph.D – Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
2004 · University of California, Los Angeles
Medical Degree
1996 · Nanjing Medical University

Contact Details

(352) 294-8293

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