Pinghan Zhao is a graduate student in the Shulman lab and a member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his B.S. in biotechnology at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. During his undergraduate study, he used C.elegans as a model organism to study alcoholism and had an internship in Harvard Medical School, where he used hESC and iPSC differentiated motor neurons to study amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He is currently working on functional follow-up of Alzheimer's disease-associated gene expression networks using Drosophila models coupled with bioinformatic prediction of small molecule modulators.