Office of Research Affairs
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Bressler Research Building (BRB), Room 14-016C
655 West Baltimore St.,
Baltimore, MD 21201
Terry Rogers, PhD
Associate Dean for Research Development & Administration
Executive Director, Office of Research Affairs
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Joni Prasad, PhD
Maggi Smith, MS
Grace (Man) Zhang, PhD
Research Administrator, Office of Research Affairs
As a student of biology, Dr. Grace Zhang’s college years gave her a chance to pursue her curiosity about the origin of life and the diversity of nature. Towards the end of her college career, Grace’s interest and competence slowly gravitated towards human health and nutrition. She chose to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and received her degree in 2016. Her Ph.D. dissertation is focused on the expression pattern of growth factor receptors during the perinatal period in mice and the mechanism of the interaction between TGF-β and the Wnt pathway on small intestinal cell homeostasis.
The study at UC Davis strengthened her determination to continue her research on maternal and neonatal nutrition in the area of obesity and chronic diseases. She decided to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland School of Nursing to study the association of dietary factors, gut, and vaginal microbiota with preterm birth of African American women in Baltimore. After that, she continued working as a postdoc with Dr. Braxton Mitchell in the School of Medicine. There she characterized Amish sleep traits, did a Genome-Wide Association analysis of metabolites, and studied the contribution of the polygenic risk score to LDL level variation.