Welcome to the Zhu lab. We study single molecular adhesion with force spectroscopy for various cells and disease models. We pioneered in the discovery of force-prolonged bond lifetime, or the "catch bond," using the biomembrane force probe paired with mutation studies and molecular dynamics simulations.
T cells are an important subset of the immune system that plays a pivotal role in regulating various diseases. T cells functions are influenced both by biochemical and biophysical properties at local microenvironment that influences receptor-ligand interactions. Our goal is to understand how these interactions mediated by mechanical properties translate into intracellular signaling, thereby affecting cellular function and fate.
Platelets are key players in both hemostasis and thrombosis. Mechanical stimuli are important in the circulation system. We strive to understand platelet activation, mechanotransduction, and hyperreactivity by characterizing surface receptor-ligand binding kinetics and intracellular signaling using tools such as the biomembrane force probe, biosensors, and mutation studies.
|Title||First Author||Journal||Date||PMID||DOI||More Information|
|PD-1 suppresses TCR-CD8 cooperativity during T-cell antigen recognition.||Kaitao Li||Nature communications||5/12/2021||15358536||10.1038/s41467-021-22965-9||More Info|
|From cellular to molecular mechanobiology.||Cheng Zhu||APL bioengineering||2/14/2020||31965350||10.1063/1.5129937||More Info|
|Mechanotransduction in T Cell Development, Differentiation and Function.||Muaz Rushdi, Kaitao Li||Cells||2/5/2020||26051539||10.3390/cells9020364||More Info|
|Calibration for computer experiments with binary responses and application to cell adhesion study||Chih-Li Sung, Ying Hung, William Rittase, Cheng Zhu, CF Wu||Journal of the American Statistical Association||1/21/2020||None||10.1080/01621459.2019.1699419||More Info|
|Mechanochemical coupling of formin-induced actin interaction at the level of single molecular complex.||Zhenhai Li, Hyunjung Lee, Suzanne G. Eskin, Shoichiro Ono, Cheng Zhu, Larry V. McIntire||Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology||1/21/2020||12525176||10.1007/s10237-019-01284-5||More Info|
|Single-molecule investigations of T-cell activation.||Kaitao Li, William Rittase||Current opinion in biomedical engineering||11/1/2019||27192323||10.1016/j.cobme.2019.10.005||More Info|
|Dynamic bonds and their roles in mechanosensing.||Cheng Zhu||Current opinion in chemical biology||9/27/2019||27065098||10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.08.005||More Info|
|Mechanosensing through immunoreceptors.||Cheng Zhu||Nature immunology||9/18/2019||31534240||10.1038/s41590-019-0491-1||More Info|
|Domain-specific mechanical modulation of VWF-ADAMTS13 interaction.||Zhenhai Li||Molecular biology of the cell||7/19/2019||31067148||10.1091/mbc.E19-01-0021||More Info|
|A Generalized Gaussian Process Model for Computer Experiments With Binary Time Series||Chih-Li Sung, Ying Hung, William Rittase, Cheng Zhu, C. F. Jeff Wu||Journal of the American Statistical Association||5/28/2019||None||10.1080/01621459.2019.1604361||More Info|