Qingjiong ZHANG
State Key Lab of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Prof. Qingjiong Zhang is the director of the Eye Research Institute and a vice president of the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center (ZOC), Sun Yat-sen University. He also serves as a deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology. He is a recipient of the State Council Expert for Special Allowance (1994) and a recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2007). He received his medical education at Tongji Medical University (1980-1985) and his postgraduate training in ophthalmology at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences (1985-1990). He became a full-time staff at ZOC in 1990 and was promoted to be a full professor in 1996. He completed research fellowships at the Teikyo University Ichihara Hospital, Japan with Prof. Kensei Minoda (1993-1995), at the Medical College of Wisconsin with Prof. Joseph C. Besharse (2001-2003), and at the National Eye Institute, NIH, USA with Dr. J. Fielding Hejtmancik (2003-2005). Prof. Zhang’s major interest focuses on the identification of genetic defects for hereditary eye diseases and their associated phenotypes. Such studies have involved early-onset high myopia, retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis, cone or cone-rod dystrophy, optic neuropathy, glaucoma, congenital cataract, nystagmus, etc. He has published over 200 papers, mostly in internationally recognized journals. Currently, he is a consultant ophthalmologist for pediatric and genetic eye diseases and a principal investigator for ophthalmic molecular genetics at ZOC. He also serves as a co-Editor-in-Chief for Molecular Vision.