Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University
Dr. Zhenglong Gu received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Peking University in 1998, and his PhD degree in Ecology and Evolution in 2003 from University of Chicago. He conducted his postdoctoral research at Stanford Genome and Technology Center from 2004 to 2006.
He has been working in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University since 2006. Dr. Gu’s is an evolutionary biologist. With training in both dry and wet labs, he started his own lab at Cornell University by investigating the evolution of aerobic fermentation in yeasts. The similarity between yeast evolution and metabolic changes in human diseases, such as cancers, called his attention to mitochondrion, the metabolic, energetic and signaling hubs of eukaryotic cells. Currently the lab is interested in understanding the role of mitochondrial DNA mutation and variations in human adaptation and diseases.