About Professor Hong Zhou

Associate Professor Zhou has a long-standing track record in basic research into bone biology. She has extensive experience in bone cell and molecular biology and in the use and analysis of animal models of bone disease, fracture healing, cancer and arthritis, including genetically modified animals models.

In recent years, Hong Zhou has made significant discoveries investigating the role of endogenous glucocorticoids in bone. She was the first to describe how glucocorticoids control mature osteoblasts to direct mesenchymal progenitor lineage commitment through Wnt signalling (Zhou et al. JBC 2008; Kalak et al., Bone 2009). She further found that glucocorticoid signalling in osteoblasts is essential for normal bone development (Zhou et al., Development 2009) and modulate K/BxN serum-induced arthritis in vivo (Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2009). Her research has found international recognition in the bone field, receiving several awards (e.g. Outstanding Paper Award, 2nd Intl. Conference on Osteoporosis and Bone Research, Cheng-Du, China, 2005; Best Basic Abstract Award, ANZBMS, Queenstown, NZ, 2007) and has been presented in oral and plenary poster form at numerous national and international meetings. In addition, Associate Professor Zhou is active in researching the biology of breast and prostate cancer bone metastases, the results of which have recently been published in ‘Bone’ (2007) and ‘Cancer Research’(2007).
Associate Professor Zhou has published 58 papers and 5 book chapters (H-Index = 21 over 16 years), her work being recognised at the national and international level. She was an invited speaker and chaired sessions at the 4th Chinese Orthopaedic Congress in Bejing, China, 2004; the 3rd International Congress on Orthopaedics in Shanghai, China 2007 and International Conference on Osteoporosis and Bone Research in Shanghai, China, 2007. She chaired sessions of several meetings as American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), Australian & New Zealand Bone Mineral Society (ANZBMS) and International Conference on Osteoporosis and Bone Research.  In the past years, she has served as a member of NHMRC Grant Review Panel in 2008 and 2009 and reviewer for the NHMRC and for numerous scientific journals. Associate Professor Zhou has received continuous research funding since 1996, she is or has been a CI on several NHMRC program and project grants. Since 2005, she has generated or contributed to the generation of a total research income of $3.6M, plus $2M in institutional equipment grants. Currently, she hold 4 active NHMRC project grants.

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Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Associate Professor Zhou's publicatons, please visit her Sydney Medical School profile page.