University Profiles


Heping Zhou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences


Dr. Zhou specializes in : cell biology, functional genomics, innate immunology, and molecular biology.

The courses that I have been teaching at Seton Hall University include Introduction to Biology, General Biology I, Forensic Biology, Biology Senior Seminar, Recombinant DNA Technology, Cancer Biology, Introduction to Bioinformatics, and Biology Research.

Our laboratory is focused on examining the regulatory mechanisms of mammalian innate immune function at molecular and cellular levels.  The innate immune system involves many cellular and molecular mediators and plays a critical role in the host's defense against invading pathogens.  However, uncontrolled or prolonged inflammation can produce detrimental effects in the host.  The activation of innate immune system, therefore, needs to be properly regulated. Our laboratory has been examining how mammalian innate immune function is affected by various prenatal and postnatal environmental factors, and most recent results have been published in J. of Neuroimmunology (2007) and Immunology Letters (2009).


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago
  • B.S., Fudan University

Academic Distinctions

Most Recent Awards
  • Clare Booth Luce Female Junior Faculty Research Grant, Seton Hall University, 2009
  • University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, 2009
  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award: Journal publication, 2008
  • University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, 2007



Office Phone
(973) 275-2889


Office Location
Room 417
The Science and Technology Center


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