Lan-Juan (Jean) Zhao, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Tulane University Schoolof Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal St, Suite 2001, Room 2045
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-0252
Fax: (504) 988-1706



Research Interests:

Osteoporotic fracture, osteoporosis, obesity, kidney disease, vitamin D deficiency, genetic epidemiology, and nutritional genomics.


  • Member, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • Member, International Chinese Hard Tissue Society
  • Member, American Society of Human Genetics
  • Member, Toastmasters international

Educational Background:

  • Postdoctoral research, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, 2007
  • Ph.D., Creighton University, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Omaha, Nebraska, 2006
  • M.S., China Agricultural University, College of Biological Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China, 1997
  • B.S., China Agricultural University, College of Biological Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China, 1994


Selected Publications:

Zhao LJ, Zhou Y, Bu F, Travers-Gustafson D, Ye A, Xu X, Hamm L, Gorsage DM, Fang X, Deng HW, Recker RR, Lappe JM. Factors predicting vitamin D response variation in non-Hispanic white postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Aug;97(8):2699-705. doi: 10.1210/jc.2011-3401. Epub 2012 May 14.

Bu FX, Armas L, Lappe J, Zhou Y, Gao G, Wang HW, Recker RR, Zhao LJ. Comprehensive association analysis of nine candidate genes with serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels among healthy Caucasian subjects. Hum Genet. 2010 128(5):549-56. PMID: 20809279

Zhou J, Zhao LJ, Watson P, Zhang Q, Lappe JM. The effect of calcium and vitamin D supplementation on obesity in postmenopausal women: secondary analysis for a large-scale, placebo controlled, double-blind, 4-year longitudinal clinical trial. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2010 Jul 23;7(1):62.) PMID: 20650013

Zhao LJ, Liu XG, Liu YZ, Liu YJ, Papasian CJ, Sha BY, Pan F, Guo YF, Wang L, Yan H, Xiong DH, Tang ZH, Yang TL, Chen XD, Guo Y, Li J, Shen H, Zhang F, Lei SF, Recker RR, Deng HW. Genome-wide association study for femoral neck bone geometry. J Bone Miner Res. 2010 Feb;25(2):320-9. PMID:20175129

Deng FY, Zhao LJ, Pei YF, Sha BY, Liu XG, Yan H, Wang L, Yang TL, Recker RR, Papasian CJ, Deng HW. Genome-wide Copy Number Variation Association Study Suggested VPS13B Gene for Osteoporosis in Caucasian. Osteoporos Int. 2010 Apr;21(4):579-87. PMID: 19680589 

Zhao LJ, Xiong DH, Pan F, Recker, RR, Deng HW. Polymorphisms of the tumor necrosis factor alpha receptor 2 gene are associated with obesity phenotypes among 405 Caucasian nuclear families. Hum Genet, 2008 Sep;124(2):171-7. PMID: 18685868

Zhao LJ, Jiang H, Papasian CJ, Maulik D, Deng HW. Correlation of Obesity and Osteoporosis - Effect of Fat Mass on the Determination of Osteoporosis. J Bone Miner Res, 2008 Jan;23(1):17-29. PMID:17784844

Zhao LJ, Liu YJ, Hamilton J, Recker RR, Deng HW. Relationship of obesity with osteoporosis. J Clin Endocr Metab, 2007, 92: 1640-1646.PMID:17299077

Zhao LJ, Xiao P, Liu YJ, Shen H, Xiong DH, Robert RR, Deng HW. A Genome-wide Linkage Scan for Quantitative Trait Loci Underlying Obesity Related Phenotypes in 434 Caucasian Families, Hum Genet, 2007 Mar;121(1):145-8. PMID:17115187

Zhao LJ, Guo YF, Xiong DH, Xiao P, Recker RR, Deng HW. Is a gene important for bone resorption a candidate for obesity? An association and linkage study on the RANK (receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB) gene in a large Caucasian sample. Hum Genet 2006, 120(4):561-70. PMID:16960694

Zhao LJ, Liu PY, Recker RR, Deng HW. Correlation of transmenopausal bone mass in healthy white women: a long-term longitudinal study. Osteoporos Int. 2006, 17(10):1501-5. PMID:16896513

Zhao LJ, Deng HW. Forward: Involvement of genetic factors in bone, muscle, and nerves. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact 2006, 6(1):1-2


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