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Dr You Zhou

Dr You Zhou


School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 7076
Tenovus Building, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a Lecturer at the Systems Immunity University Research Institute and the Division of Infection & Immunity, Cardiff University. Over the course of my career, I have worked for, the World Health Organization, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Chinese State Key Laboratory of Virology. These positions have led to impactful presentations at major conferences (e.g., WHO meeting in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity; EU Framework 7 project meeting) and several scientific awards including a Young Scientist Award from a biennial international forum, Nordic Lipid Forum. My research interest is using data-driven informatics to understand metabolic inflammation, focusing on, but not limited to, fatty liver disease.

Career overview

  • Systems Immunity University Research Institute and Division of Infection & Immunity, Cardiff University: Lecturer (Feb 2016-Present)

  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki: Adjunct Professor/Docent in Molecular Medicine (Honorary title granted for lifetime, May 2015-Present)

  • Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research. Postdoctor fellow in Bioinformatics. Supervisor: Prof. Hannele Yki-Järvinen (2013-2016)

  • Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research, Finland. Researcher. Supervisor: Director & Prof. Vesa Olkkonen (2012-2013)

  • Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion, World Health Organization, European headquarter, Denmark. Supervisor: Dr. João Breda. (2012)

  • National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland. Researcher. Supervisor: Prof. Vesa Olkkonen (2007-2011)
  • State key laboratory of Virology, China. Research assistant. Supervisor: Dean & Prof. Deyin Guo (2005-2007).

Education and qualifications

  • PhD in Medical Biochemistry and Developmental Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland (Nov. 2007-Apr. 2013).
  • Minor in Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, Finland (obtained 60 ECTs, Nov. 2007-Apr. 2013).
  • Master of Science in Microbiology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, China.GPA: A level, 93/100 (equals to 3.8/4.0). (Sep 2005-Aug 2007)

Honours and awards

  • Young Scientist Award, Nordic Lipid Forum, biennial international forum, June 2011.
  • University of Helsinki Medicine Fund Award for 2 years (2011-2013)
  • Finnish Atherosclerosis Society travel grant award for 6 continuous years (2008-2014).
  • University of Helsinki Chancellor’s Grant for 5 continuous years (2008-2013)
  • Third Prize, Chinese National Mathematical Olympiad (2000).

Professional memberships

Chair, BSI South Wales Immunology Group (April 2018 - present)













  • MSc Bioinformatics courses: Metabolomics; Pathway and Network Analysis.
  • Supervisor for SSC projects  (Spring term, 2018: supervised three year-3 students' projects)
  • Personal Tutor for 10 MBBCH students per year (2016 - present)
  • Appraisal panelist for 8 PhD and MD students per year (2016 - present) 
  • Internal examiner of PhD theses at Cardiff University (e.g. Examinee: Dr Khalid)
  • External examiner of PhD theses (e.g.