Dr. Zhou obtained his MD from Jiangxi Medical College in Nanchang, China. He joined UT as a Research Associate from University of Pittsburg in 1998. He became Instructor of Internal Medicine in 1999, and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2000 and subsequently to Associate Professor in 2005. Dr. Zhou is an Editorial Board Member of the Open Rheumatology Journal. He holds grants from the NIH-NIAMS, NIAD, Department of the Army, Medical Research Acquisition Activity and the Scleroderma Foundation. He recently was awarded a NAIMS Program Project on the architecture of the HLA region in systemic sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis His research interests include systemic sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis with particular emphasis on the major histocompatibility complex, gene-environment interactions and complex genetic networks.