Ruikun Zhao

Ruikun Zhao

P O Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
T +971 2 501 8034
F +971 2 447 2442

Dr. Ruikun Zhao is a Senior Lecturer in the Preparatory Program at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to his current appointment, he joined London South Bank University in the UK as a Lecturer in 2013. During his PhD study at University of East Anglia (UEA) UK, he carried out the research about the ‘Spectroscopy of Redox States of Flavin relevant to Photoactive Flavoprotein’ with high impact publications in journals such as JACS and PCCP. He is the fellow of UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and was awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgCHE) in 2015.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgCHE), UK, 2015
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Recognised since 2015
  • PhD in Biophysical Chemistry, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, 2013
  • MSc in Material Science/Polymer Technology, Loughborough University, UK, 2008
  • BSc in Applied Chemistry, Loughborough University, UK, 2006
  • General Chemistry;
  • Mathematics/Statistics.
  • Spectroscopy Analysis of Flavin;
  • Photoactive Flavoprotein;
  • Ultrafast Transient Infra-Red/UV;
  • Rheology of Materials;
  • Nano-Particle Centered Protein Crystallization.
  • Agnieszka Anna Gil, Rui-Kun Zhao, Stephen R. Meech and et al, ‘The Mechanism of the AppABLUFPhotocycle Probed by Site-Specific Incorporation of Fluor tyrosine Residues: The Effect of the Y21 pKa on the Forward and Reverse Ground State Reactions’, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (3), 926–935
  • A. Lukacs, A. Haigney, R. Brust, R.Zhao and et al, ‘ Transient IR study of Blue Light Sensing Proteins’ , The European Physical Journal Conferences, March, 2013
  • Lukacs, Rui-Kun Zhao, S.R. Meech and et al. ‘Excited state structure and dynamics of the neutral and anionic flavin radical revealed by ultrafast transient Mid IR to Visible Spectroscopy’, J. Phys. Chem. B., 2012, 116, 5810−5818
  • Rui-Kun Zhao, A. Lukacs, S.R. Meech and et al. ‘Ultrafast transient mid IR to visible spectroscopy of fully reduced flavins’, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 17642–17648
  • Haigney, A.; Lucaks, A.; Zhao, R. K. and et al., ‘Ultrafast Infrared Spectroscopy of an Isotope-Labelled Photoactivatable Flavoprotein’, Biochemistry 2011, 50, 1321-1328
  • Lukacs, A. L. Haigney, R. Brust, Rui-Kun Zhao and et al. ‘Photoexcitation of the BLUF Photoreceptor AppA Results in Ultrafast Changes to the Protein Matrix’, J. Am. Chem. Soc.,2011, 133 (42), 16893–16900

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