Principal Investigator


Dr. Jie Zheng


Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Mengxiao Yu


Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Shaoheng Tang


PhD Candidates


Ms. Bujie Du


Mr. Xingya Jiang


Mr. Xuhui Ning

Mr. Chuanqi Peng


Ms. Jing Xu


Mr. Yingyu Huang


Graduate Students


Mr. Qinhan Zhou


Ms. Siqing Li


Undergraduate Students


Ms. Lirit


Mr. Jason Lin


Ms. Diksha Verma


Visisting Professor


Linxi Shi


Former Group Members


Dr. Jinbin Liu (Postdoc)

Dr. Shengyang Yang (Postdoc)

Dr. Jing Yu (Postdoc)

Dr. Zhanghua Zeng (Postdoc)

Dr. Liang Zhao (Postdoc)


Ms. Jennifer Chilek (Graduate)

Dr. Chen Zhou (Graduate)

Dr. Rodrigo Vinluan III (Graduate)

Dr. Shasha Sun (Graduate)

Ms. Jessica Jacobe (Graduate)





Ms. Sheby Alexander (Undergraduate)

Mr. Chris Alameddin (Undergraduate)

Mr. Michael Anyirah (Undergraduate)

Mr. Sishan Chen (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Giovanni Contello (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Andrew Dean (Undergraduate) 

Ms. Melissa Gannaway (Undergraduate)

Ms. Julia Hankins (Undergraduate)

Ms. Grace Kong (Undergraduate)

Mr. Stephen McMahon (Undergraduate)

Mr. Husain Mogri (Undergraduate)

Mr. Ali Mozayan (Undergraduate)

Mr. Justin Sullins (Undergraduate)

Mr. Joel Taylor (Undergraduate)

Mr. Jonathan Wang (Undergraduate)

Mr. Greg Zhang (Undergraduate)

Mr. Anthony Dao (Undergraduate)

Ms. Phoebe Carter (Undergraduate)



Ms. Chelsea Carson (High School)

Ms. Karen Chen (High School)

Ms. Clare Jensen (High School)

Ms. Rebecca John (High School)

Ms. Amy Xia (High School)

Mr. Robert Yao (High School)




Liang Zhao


Postdoctoral Fellow



Office: NSERL 2.440




Mailing Address:


BE26, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W Campbell Rd. Richardson, TX 75080


Education Background


Ph.D. Department of chemistry, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, 2002


B.S.  Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology, China, 1995


Research Area


Laser Spectroscopy, Microscopic imaging and instrumentation


Selected Publications


1. J. Lu, L. Zhao, T. Xia, and X. Qi, "Dissect Conformational Distribution and Drug-Induced Population Shift of Prokaryotic rRNA A-Site", Biochemistry, 52, 1651-1653 (2013)


2. M. McIntire, L. Zhao, V. Kobryanskii and E. L. Chronister, "High-pressure Raman spectroscopy of nanoparticle polyacetylene in a poly(vinyl-butyral) matrix", J. Raman Spectrosc., 42, 1435-1441 (2011)


3. N. Jain, L. Zhao*, J. Liu, and T. Xia, "Heterogeneity and Dynamics of the Ligand Recognition Mode in Purine-Sensing Riboswitches", Biochemistry, 49, 3703-3714 (2010).


4. L. Zhao, T. Xia, "Probing RNA conformational dynamics and heterogeneity using femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy", Methods, 49, 128-135 (2009).


5. J. Liu, L. Zhao* and T. Xia, "The Dynamic Structural Basis of Differential Enhancement of Conformational Stability by 5'- and 3'-Dangling Ends in RNA", Biochemistry, 47, 5962-5975 (2008).


6. L. Zhao, T. Xia, "Direct Revelation of Multiple Conformations in RNA by Femtosecond Dynamics", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 4118-4119 (2007).


7. L. Zhao, S. K. Pal, T. Xia and A. H. Zewail, "Dynamics of Ordered Water in Interfacial Enzyme Recognition: Bovine Pancreatic Phospholipase A2", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 43, 60-63 (2004)



















































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