Ou Zhang PhD

Ou Zhang

Contact Information
Email: ZhangO@cusm.org

Faculty Appointment

Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Microbiology


Postdoctoral training - University of Michigan Medical School
PhD - Texas Tech University
MBBS - Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University (China)


Dr. Ou Zhang received her medical degree from Xiangya School of Medicine, one of the oldest medical school in China, which was established in 1914 and founded by Yale-China Association. After finishing her internship, she came to the U.S. and earned her PhD degree in Biology (Microbiology) in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University (Dr. Kai Zhang’s lab). During her study, she was awarded James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Fellowship for two consecutive school years, and also received an Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation award for her original research work in studying virulence factors in protozoan parasite Leishmania. She then conducted her post-doctoral research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Michigan Medical School (Dr. Vern Carruthers’ lab), where she was awarded American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship in order to further understand the pathogenesis of Toxoplasma. Dr. Zhang served as a core faculty in the Department of Basic Sciences at Bastyr University CA before she joined CalMed in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology.

Research Interests

  • Protozoan parasite pathogenesis
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Lipid metabolism in protozoan parasites