Dr. Liang Zhao

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA

Faculty Research Associate



2011 Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of the Pacific, USA

2000 B.S., Biochemistry, East China University of Science & Technology, China

Research Fields


Mass spectrometry

Metabolite profiling



Biomarker discovery


Post-translational modifications

Glycan & Glycoprotein analysis

Publications (selected)

  1. Liang Zhao, Thomas Hartung. Metabonomics and Toxicology, Metabonomics: Methods and Protocols (2015): 209-231 (Book chapter, Springer)
  2. A K Krug, S Gutbier, L Zhao, D Pöltl, C Kullmann, V Ivanova, S Förster, S Jagtap, J Meiser, G Leparc, S Schildknecht, M Adam, K Hiller, H Farhan, T Brunner, T Hartung, A Sachinidis and M Leist. Transcriptional and metabolic adaptation of human neurons to the mitochondrial toxicant MPP+, Cell Death Dis. (2014) 5: e1223; doi:10.1038/cddis.2014.188
  3. Nina V Balmer, Tyna Dao, Marcel Leist, Kinga Vojnits, Tanja Waldmann, Liang Zhao, Helena T Hogberg, Erwin van Vliet. Application of “Omics” Technologies to In Vitro Toxicology, In Vitro Toxicology Systems, (2014) 399-432 (Book chapter, Springer)
  4. Thanh Pham, Tyler Chuang, Albert Lin, Hyun Joo, Jerry Tsai, Taylor Crawford, Liang Zhao, Yang Hsia, Caroline Williams, and Craig Anthony Vierra. Dragline Silk: A Fiber Assembled with Low-Molecular-Weight Cysteine-Rich Proteins. Biomacromolecules, (2014) Accepted, DOI: 10.1021/bm5011239
  5. Mounir Bouhifd, Helena T Hogberg, Andre Kleensang, Alexandra Maertens, Liang Zhao, Thomas Hartung. Mapping the Human Toxome by Systems Toxicology, Basic Clin. Pharmacol. Toxicol. (2014) DOI: 10.1111/bcpt.12198
  6. Erwin van Vliet, Elisenda Eixarch, Miriam Illa, Ariadna Arbat-Plana, Anna González-Tendero, Helena T Hogberg, Liang Zhao, Thomas Hartung, Eduard Gratacos. Metabolomics Reveals Metabolic Alterations by Intrauterine Growth Restriction in the Fetal Rabbit Brain. PLoS ONE, (2013) 8(5): e64545. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064545
  7. Mounir Bouhifd, Thomas Hartung, Helena T Hogberg, Andre Kleensang, Liang Zhao. Review: Toxicometabolomics. J. Appl. Toxicol. (2013) 12, 1365-1383
  8. t4 Workshop Report: Pathways of Toxicty. ALTEX (2014) 31, 53-61
  9. Yang Hsia, Eric Gnesa, Simon Tang, Felicia Jeffery, Paul Geurts, Liang Zhao, Andreas Franz, Craig Vierra. Identification and Synthesis of Novel Materials Based on Spider Fibers. Appl. Phys. A, (2011) 301-309
  10. Felicia Jeffery, Coby La Mattina, Tiffany Tuton-Blasingame, Yang Hsia, Eric Gnesa, Liang Zhao, Andreas Franz, and Craig Vierra. Microdissection of Black Widow Spider Silk-producing Glands. J Vis Exp. (2011) 47, doi: 10.3791/2382
  11. Paul Geurts, Liang Zhao, Yang Hsia, Eric Gnesa, Simon Tang, Felicia Jeffery, Coby La Mattina, Andreas Franz, Leah Larkin, Craig Vierra. Synthetic Spider Silk Fibers Spun from Pyriform Spidroin 2, A Glue Silk Protein Discovered in Orb-Weaving Spider Attachment Discs. Biomacromolecules, (2010) 12, 3495-503
  12. Eric Blasingame, Tiffany Tuton-Blasingame, Leah Larkin, Arnold M. Falick, Liang Zhao, Justine Fong, Veena Vaidyanathan, Anabelle Visperas, Paul Geurts, Xiaoyi Hu, Coby La Mattina, Craig Vierra. Pyriform Spidroin 1, a Novel Member of the Silk Gene Family That Anchors Dragline Silk Fibers in Attachment Discs of the Black Widow Spider, Latrodectus Hesperus. J. Biol. Chem. (2009) 284, 29097-108
  13. Liang Zhao, Ruben T. Almaraz, Fan Xiang, Jerry L. Hedrickb, Andreas H. Franz. Gas-Phase Scrambling of Disulfide Bonds during Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry. J. Am. Soc. Mass. Spectr. (2009) 20, 1603-16

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Last Updated: 2015-07-28