Ping Zhang, Ph.D.

Stadtman Investigator

Center for Structural Biology


Bldg. 538, Room 118 Frederick, MD 21701


Research Topics

We aim to combine structural and functional studies to reveal the molecular mechanism of kinase complexes in health and disease and help to facilitate the development of new strategies for therapeutic intervention.


Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. training in Dr. Michael Rossmann’s lab at Purdue University in the field of biochemistry and structural virology.  Her Ph.D. project was resolving the structures of poliovirus-receptor complexes using X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).  She completed her postdoctoral training in Dr. Susan Taylor’s laboratory at UCSD, working on a signal transduction system related to human diseases and learning other techniques in structural biology and cell signaling that are suited for studying dynamic signaling complexes. She joined the Structural Biophysics Laboratory at NCI as a Stadtman Tenure Track Investigator in August 2016.

Selected Publications

  1. Zhang P, Ye F, Bastidas AC, Kornev AP, Wu J, Ginsberg MH, Taylor SS. An Isoform-Specific Myristylation Switch Targets Type II PKA Holoenzymes to Membranes. Structure. 2015;23(9):1563-72.

  2. Zhang P, Knape MJ, Ahuja LG, Keshwani MM, King CC, Sastri M, Herberg FW, Taylor SS. Single Turnover Autophosphorylation Cycle of the PKA RIIβ Holoenzyme. PLoS Biol. 2015;13(7):e1002192.

  3. Taylor SS, Ilouz R, Zhang P, Kornev AP. Assembly of allosteric macromolecular switches: lessons from PKA. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2012;13(10):646-58.

  4. Zhang P, Smith-Nguyen EV, Keshwani MM, Deal MS, Kornev AP, Taylor SS. Structure and allostery of the PKA RIIβ tetrameric holoenzyme. Science. 2012;335(6069):712-6.

  5. Zhang P, Mueller S, Morais MC, Bator CM, Bowman VD, Hafenstein S, Wimmer E, Rossmann MG. Crystal structure of CD155 and electron microscopic studies of its complexes with polioviruses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008;105(47):18284-9.

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