Hongyan Jenny Zou

Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hongyan Jenny Zou, Ph.D., M.D. is an associate professor with tenure at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Zou is a physician scientist and an academic neurosurgeon, who heads a research laboratory investigating signaling pathways and epigenetic mechanisms of axon regeneration and neuroimmunity for neural repair in CNS injury. Dr. Zou graduated with a PhD from Cornell University/Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute and an MD from Stanford University. She completed neurosurgical residency at Stanford, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Genentech under Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Her laboratory at Mount Sinai combines mouse genetics, animal models, 3D organoid cultures, and genome-wide approaches to study neurodevelopment and neural stem cell biology under physiological and pathological conditions. Recently, she has also teamed up with biomechanical engineers and tumor biologists to study fundamental biology of tumor dormancy and tumor microenvironment in order to tackle glioblastoma, a type of malignant brain tumor.