Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Current Members


Jing Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jing Zhou graduated from Shanghai Medical University in China and Oulu University in Finland. She joined the Harvard faculty as Assistant Professor in 1993, after her postdoctoral training at Yale and six year of practice of internal medicine in China. Dr. Zhou is the founding director of the Harvard Center for polycystic kidney disease research. Her research focuses on inherited kidney disease and polycystin biology. Dr. Zhou is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Medical School and a member of the renal division at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zhou is the first female recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Nephrology and American Heart Association (2001) and the first women recipient of the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize jointly awarded by the International Society of Nephrology, Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation and the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (2007). Dr. Zhou has served on a variety of national and international grants review committees including a 4-year term as a permanent member of General Medicine B and Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Kidney at NIH and a 7-year term as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. Dr. Zhou has delivered over 100 scientific lectures and chaired over 20 sessions at National or International meetings. In her leisure time, Dr. Zhou enjoys cooking, reading, and gardening.

Maoqing Wu, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Hi,my name is Maoqing Wu. I got my PhD from Fudan University in China and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Huazhong Agricultural University. After finishing my first 3-years' postdoctoral training, focused on the molecular mechanism of autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD), in University of Alabama at Birmingham, I joined Dr. Jing Zhou's group in Dec 2008 to pursue further my PKD studies. I am extremely interested in exploring the cellular function of human fibrocystin (FPC), whose disruption contributes to the phenotype of ARPKD. Besides science, I have lots of other interests, such as movies, music, poetry, traveling, history, economics. If you have something to discuss, please feel free to drop me a line.

Ivan Barrera, B.S.

Research Assistant

Hello there! My name is Ivan Barrera and I have been a member of the Zhou Lab since January 2012. I worked at the Zhou Lab first as an intern, and now as staff as a Research Technician. I have a B.S degree in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration from Emmanuel College and look to further my professional and research experience while at the lab. I have always been fascinated by the advances of medical research and hope to contribute to this field in any way that I can. I plan to pursue a Ph.D or M.S program in Biochemistry or a closely related field.

Besides science, soccer is my second passion. I have played for almost my whole life and, if possible, hope to continue to be involved in the game in the future. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as watching movies and listening to music. Feel free to contact me with any questions or anything you would like to discuss!

Chong Luo, M.D., Ph.D Candidate


Hello everyone, my name is Chong, a Ph.D. student from ZheJiang University in China. It's really a great pleasure for me to study in the Zhou Lab. My main research focuses on the ciliary trafficking of polycystin-1 which I found very interesting. I like photography very much, especially pictures of natural scenes. During my leisure time, I like to walk around the city and take pictures. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have something to discuss.

Leila Bellou


Hello everyone, I am currently completing my B.S degree at Simmons college, where I am majoring in Biochemistry. I am extremely interested in pursuing a career in Biomedical engineering/Molecular Biology/Genetics to better understand pathogenesis mechanisms and molecular pathways in cell proliferation and development.

My experience as a Research trainee in the Zhou Lab has been a great pleasure and expanded the range of my technical skills and theoretical knowledge of science.

Besides science, I have very disparate interests ranging from languages and literature to philosophy and physics.

Xiaogang Shen M.D.

Visiting Scholar

Hello. My name is Xiaogang Shen. I graduated from Zhejiang University in China in 2006 with a Master degree in Medicine. After that I worked at the People's Hospital of Zhejiang Province as a nephrologist. I am a member of Zhou lab since October, 2014. I am learning a lot. I very much enjoy working in Dr. Zhou's lab.

Ilyas Yambayev M.D.

Research Trainee

Hi, I am Ilyas. I am from Kazakhstan. I graduated from medical school there and I am interested in becoming a physician scientist here in the United States. I am very excited about learning the mechanisms of polycystic kidney disease. I believe that my experience in the lab will benefit my future care of patients.

In my leisure time, I enjoy photography and hiking.

If you have any questions for me, you are more than welcome to contact me.

Koji Miyabayashi, M.D., Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lina Shao, M.D., MSci.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Former Lab Members!

PKD Syposium 2015

This year's PKD Symposium will be held on May 18 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM in the Bray Room at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center. Click here for registration and more information.

Click here to visit Harvard PKD Center website.