Daohong Zhou, M.D.

Daohong Zhou

Professor of Pharmacodynamics and Radiation Oncology, Henry E. Innes Professorship of Cancer Research, Associate Director for Translation and Drug Development


OFFICE: Basic Science Building, BG-003F

EMAIL: zhoudaohong@cop.ufl.edu

PHONE: 352-294-8952

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Dr. Daohong Zhou is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacodynamics at the College of Pharmacy and a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the College of Medicine, University of Florida (UF) at Gainesville. He serves as the Associate Director for Translation and Drug Development and the Henry E. Innes Professorsip of Cancer Research at the UF Health Cancer Center. Dr. Zhou received his medical (1978-1983) and graduate (1983-1986) training from Yunyany Medical College of Tongji Medical University and Henan Medical University, respectively; and his postdoctoral training (1990-1992) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Before he joined UF in 2018, he was a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Deputy Director of the Division of Radiation Health at the College of Pharmacy and the Associate Director for Basic Research at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Dr. Daohong Zhou has published more than 100 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. His research has been well supported by grants from various private and government funding agencies, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). Dr. Daohong Zhou serves on several national and international peer review panels and as a reviewer for various scientific publications. He was a regular member of the Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a co-chair of the Panel Meeting for General Program of the Dept. of Health Sciences (Hematology) at the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He is a Councilor of the Radiation Research Society (http://www.radres.org) and a co-founder of Unity Biotechnology (http://unitybiotechnology.com), a biotech that develops senolytic drugs for aging and age-related diseases.


Research Interests

Dr. Zhou’s research has been focused on investigation ofthe long-term effects of genotoxic stress/DNA damage induced by ionizing radiation (IR) and chemotherapy on hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal and genomic stability; and the role of HSC injury in IR- and chemotherapy-induced long-term bone marrow suppression and leukemogenesis. His studies has led to a better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which IR and chemotherapy cause normal tissue damage and the discovery of the first potent and broad-spectrum senolytic drug, ABT263-a specific Bcl-2/xl inhibitor, that can selectively kill senescent cells to rejuvenate both prematurely senescent tissue stem cells induced by IR and tissue stem cells in normally aged mice. This discovery may lead to new therapeutics for various age-related diseases and the side effects induced by chemotherapy and IR. More recently, he developed several proteolysis targeting chimeras (PROTACs) that can target Bcl-xl and other proteins of interest for degradation via the ubiquitination and proteasome system. He found that Bcl-xl PROTACs can selectively induce Bcl-xl degradation in senescent cells and various cancer cells but not in platelets, suggesting that Bcl-xl PROTACs have the potential to be developed as a better senolytic and anticancer agent than ABT263 by not causing thrombocytopenia. Using the PROTAC drug development platform, he is developing additional specific antitumor agents.


  • Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar (2010-2018)
  • The Winthrop Rockefeller Endowed Chair for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research (2010-2018)
  • The Arkansas Biosciences Institute Established Investigator of Year Award (2016)
  • Henry E. Innes Professorsip of Cancer Research (2018-present)


Select Publications

  1. Luo Y, Shao L, Chang J, Feng W, Liu YL, Cottler-Fox MH, Emanuel PD, Hauer-Jensen M, Bernstein ID, Liu L, Chen X, Zhou J, Murray PJ, Zhou D. M1 and M2 macrophages differentially regulate hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal and ex vivo Blood Advances, in press, 2018
  2. Demaria M, O’Leary MN, Chang J, Shao L, Liu S, Alimirah F, Koenig K, Le C, Mitin N, Deal AM, Alston S, Academia EC, Kilmarx S, Valdovinos A, Wang B, de Bruin A, Kennedy BK, Melov S, Zhou D, Sharpless NE, Muss H, Campisi J. Cellular Senescence Promotes Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy and Cancer Relapse. Cancer Discov. 7: 165-176, 2017
  3. Pan J, Li D, Xu Y, Zhang J, Wang Y, Chen M, Lin S, Huang L, Chung EJ, Citrin DE, Wang Y, Hauer-Jensen M, Zhou D*, Meng A*. Inhibition of Bcl-2/xl with ABT-263 selectively kills senescent Type II pneumocytes and reverses persistent pulmonary fibrosis induced by ionizing radiation in mice. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 99: 353-361, 2017
  4. Chang J, Wang Y, Shao L, Laberge RM, Demaria M, Campisi J, Janakiraman K, Sharpless NE, Ding S, Feng W, Luo Y, Wang X, Aykin-Burns N, Krager K, Ponnappan U, Hauer-Jensen M, Meng A, Zhou D. Clearance of senescent cells by ABT263 rejuvenates aged hematopoietic stem cells in mice.Nat Med. 22:78-83, 2016
  5. Kim H-N, Chang J, Shao L, Han L, Iyer S, Manolagas SC, O’Brien CA, Jilka RL, Zhou D, Almeida M. DNA damage and senescence in osteoprogenitors expressing Osx1 may cause their decrease with age. Aging Cell. 16:693-703, 2017
  6. Wang Y, Chang J, Liu X, Zhang X, Zhang S, Zhang X, Zhou D*, Zheng G*. Discovery of piperlongumine as a potential novel lead for the development of senolytic agents. Aging. 8: 2915-2926, 2016
  7. Liu YL, Yan Y, Webster C, Shao L, Lensing SY, Ni H, Feng W, Colorado N, Pathak R, Xiang Z, Hauer-Jensen M, Li S, Zhou D, Emanuel PD. Timing of the loss of PTEN protein determines disease severity in a mouse model of myeloid malignancy.Blood. 127: 1912-22, 2016
  8. Wilke C, Holtan SG, Sharkey L, DeFor T, Arora M, Premakanthan P, Yohe S, Vagge S, Zhou D, Holter Chakrabarty JL, Mahe M, Corvo R, Dusenbery K, Storme G, Weisdorf DJ, Verneris MR, Hui S. Marrow damage and hematopoietic recovery following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for acute leukemias: Effect of radiation dose and conditioning regimen.Radiother Oncol. 118: 65-71, 2016
  9. Xu G, Wu H, Zhang J, Li D*, Wang Y, Wang Y, Zhang H, Lu L, Li C, Huang S, Xing Y, Zhou D*, Meng A*. Metformin ameliorates ionizing irradiation-induced long-term hematopoietic stem cell injury in mice. Free Radic Biol Med. 16;87:15-25, 2015.
  10. Wu Y, Lee SH, Williamson EA, Reinert BL, Cho JH, Xia F, Jaiswal AS, Srinivasan G, Patel B, Brantley A, Zhou D, Shao L, Pathak R, Hauer-Jensen M, Singh S, Kong K, Wu X, Kim HS, Beissbarth T, Gaedcke J, Burma S, Nickoloff JA, Hromas RA. EEPD1 Rescues Stressed Replication Forks and Maintains Genome Stability by Promoting End Resection and Homologous Recombination Repair.PLoS Genet. 11:e1005675, 2015

* Co-corresponding authors