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CONGRATULATIONS to Rong on receiving the CDB Postdoc Award!


NIMH R01 Fund (1R01MH132918-01A1)

Thrilled to have been awarded an NIMH R01 grant to advance our exploration of synaptic nanostructure and dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders. Deeply grateful to NIMH/NIH for their invaluable support of our research!

NIMH Further Clarifies Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) Policy – Association for Psychological Science – APS

Our first cryo-ET paper is now accessible online!

CONGRATULATIONS to James on being appointed as a Vanderbilt Brain Institute Scholar!

Oliver has successfully passed his Qualifying Exam! Great job! Congratulations, Oliver!

June 2023 – We are delighted to warmly welcome Julia Nguyen as an Aspirnaut High School Research Intern joining us this summer.

June 2023 – QJ gives a talk at the University of Bonn in Germany. Big thanks to Prof. Susanne Schoch McGovern for the invitation!

May 2023 – Our new paper on PSD nanoblocks up on bioRxiv!

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to James as he joins our lab!

The lab welcomes Jia Mei and James Allen for their first IGP rotation!



CONGRATULATIONS! Dr. Feng Luo received the CDB Destination Postdoc Award.


We welcome Jia Mei for her summer rotation!


Congratulations! Oliver wins a slot on the Molecular Biophysics Training Program!


We are excited to welcome Oliver to the lab! He will join the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Welcome!

The Zhou lab participates at Vanderbilt Brain Blast! Great job, Liana, Rong, Vihashini and Cici!


We welcome Oliver Chalkley for his last IGP rotation!


We welcome Todd Blakely Jr for his last QCB rotation!

We welcome Kevin McCarty for his last QCB rotation!

The lab welcomes Tanner Shearer for his third IGP rotation!

We welcome Dr. Feng Luo to the lab!

Feng got his Ph.D. in Dr. Cong Liu’s lab at Interdisciplinary Research Center of Biology and Chemistry (IRCBC), Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His Ph.D. project mainly focused on the structural study of important proteins related with neurodegenerative diseases using the method of MicroED. After that, he determined the atomic structures of several GPCRs by cryo-electron microscope single particle analysis. In Dr. Zhou’s lab, he will use cryo-EM to reveal the precise mechanism of neuronal signal transmission and communication.


We welcome Jamie Zhou to the lab!

Jamie is a sophmore at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Studies. She is from Beijing, China and is extremely excited to explore her interests in the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the Zhou lab.

The lab welcomes Caroline Baggeroer for her second IGP rotation!

Welcome Saksham!


Three undergraduate students joined our team! Welcome Kate, Riley and Rob!

Kate Scheetz

Riley Chu

Rob McFadden


August 16, 2021 – Vihashini Selvakumar joined our lab! Welcome Vihashini!


Lab retreat

Welcome Liana! Liana Wilson joined our team!

Our collaborator Dr. Baris Alten started his new journey as a Neurology Resident at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Congratulations Baris!


Our G4 Titan Krios is RUNNING!!!

Krios G4 Cryo-TEM for Life Sciences

Titan Krios Cryo-Electron Microscope Fully Operational

CSB Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility


June 1, 2020 – Mariam Haider joined our lab! Welcome Mariam!

April 1, 2020 – Xinyi Wang joined our lab! Welcome!

November 1, 2019 – Dr. Rong Sun joined our lab! Welcome Rong!


June – December 2019: Setting up the lab!