Researcher lands NIH grant to study mechanisms of human reproduction

Dr. Guo-Zhang Zhu, an associate professor of biology, has received a two-year, $148,800 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his work to study the processes of human reproduction.

Research in Zhu’s lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of fertilization and early embryonic development.

He says that in addition to helping scientists understand the mechanisms of cell differentiation and development, the study funded through NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development may offer insights into the causes of infertility in men and lead to new strategies for assisted reproduction and male contraception.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsors research on human development; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation.

Zhu previously was awarded a three-year NIH grant worth $212,792.