Zhirong Zhang is a Distinguished Professor and Dean of the West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University. He is Director of the state funded key laboratory for drug targeting and began working with us on drug delivery systems in 2010. As well as a tour of our laboratory we discussed the potential of peptide amphiphiles for drug targeting and outlined a new project in this area to start this summer. We also heard that one of our other collaborators, Xun Sun, has now been made a full professor and send her our congratulations. I look forward to meeting them in April when I will visit his laboratory in Sichuan.
Dr. Alexandre Quintas has worked with our group for a number of years looking at the potential for amyloid formation to play a role in antimicrobial peptide (AMP) function (http://www.fasebj.org/content/26/5/1776.abstract?sid=5008c2c9-fbe9-473f-a0bf-e63169af61cd). He obtained his doctorate in Chemical Biology from the University of Coimbre. and is now an Associate Professor from Egas Moniz, Health Science Institute and Group Leader from the Molecular Pathology Laboratory based in Portugal. His main research field is in protein, folding, misfolding and aggregation. More recently he has been applying molecular modeling and docking techniques to HIV research, being awarded with the Pfizer price for clinical research in 2012. He has published more than 50 publications in his field of expertise and is the editor of the main Portuguese Biochemistry Text Book (Bioquímica: Organização Molecular da Vida).
He will be spending a few weeks in our laboratory looking at AMP aggregation properties.