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 on the neurobiology of aging and sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (NBAsAD). The lab has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer’s Association, and institutional funds. The lab research has been featured by a number of news outlets including USC News, KU News, 6News Lawrence, NPR News, JAMA, Nature Medicine, Society for Neuroscience, and Alzheimer’s Association under Spotlight on Researchers Dedicated to Alzheimer’s.

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