Liqin Zhao

Liqin Zhao
  • Associate Professor
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology

Contact Info

Malott Hall, Room 2046
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


Liqin Zhao’s research focuses broadly on identifying sex and genetic influences on brain metabolism and microglial homeostasis in neurobiology of aging and etiology of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (sAD). The lab research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and featured in various news media including the following:

At the KU School of Pharmacy, in addition to directing a research lab, Zhao teaches in both Pharm.D. and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs, with a teaching focus on pharmacology of the nervous system. Dr. Zhao also directs the “Beyond the Lab” career development program.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (2006-2013)
  • Director of Translational Research Laboratory, Director of Core Facilities and Services, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (2009-2013)


Research Scientist, Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Southern California, 2006, Los Angeles, CA
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2002, Beijing, China
Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, 1999, Shenyang, China