Dr. Zhou is the Program Director of USAID sponsored project Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry. Dr. Zhou is Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis. He has been trained in Immunogenetics, Functional Genomics, and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Dr. Zhou has been working on avian breeding and genetics for past 20 years, especially in genetic disease resistance to bacterial (Campylobacter and Salmonella) and virus (avian influenza virus) infection in chickens. His research program has been funded by USDA, NIH, USAID, and world leading poultry breeding industry in studying genetic resistance to bacterial and virus infection in the chicken using the cutting-edge genomics technologies. Dr. Zhou is a recognized expert nationally and internationally in the field of avian immunogenetics and functional genomics with many invited talks at international conferences and universities. He has won several prestigious awards including Hy-Line International Research Award, Poultry Science Association Early Achievement Award in Research, Outstanding Oversea Scholar from China National Science Foundation. Dr. Zhou has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in avian genetics and disease resistance.