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Contact Information

Office Phone: 502-413-8649
Office Fax: 502-515-4669


Administration – Faculty
Associate Professor – Pharmaceutical Sciences


University of Louisville (Kentucky) – Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology
East China Normal University (China) – B.S. in Biology Sciences
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (California) – Postdoctoral fellow

Fields of Interest

T cell immunity, Immunotherapy, Regulatory Affairs, Curriculum Design and Assessment


Dr. Yuan Zhao obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology Sciences from the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China in 2003. Following graduation, she continued her study and obtained a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the School of Medicine, University of Louisville in 2007. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Zhao worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Immune Regulation at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in San Diego, California. Her work has been published in peer review journals and she was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards F32 from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). She also holds a certificate in regulatory affairs from University of California San Diego Extension.

Dr. Zhao currently serves as faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she coordinates and teaches several core courses in biomedical sciences. She recently received funding from Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF)-Research and Development Excellence Program (RDP) for her research project. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Zhao is also active in committee service and serves as the co-advisor for the Rho Chi Society at SUCOP..

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