Huiping Zhang, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Huiping Zhang
72 East Concord Street


Huiping Zhang, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. He has a long history with the Yale University School of Medicine, where he completed his postdoc training and then served as a Research Associate Scientist (equivalent to Research Assistant Professor), Assistant Professor (tenure-track), and Research Scientist (equivalent to Research Associate Professor) before coming to Boston University. He is an editorial board member of academic journals such as the Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, the Journal of Depression & Anxiety, and PLOS One. His research focused on genetic and epigenetic studies of substance use disorders (SUDs) and related psychiatric disorders and traits. He is currently the PI of two research grants (R01 and R21) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and one research grant from the Boston University Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Additionally, he is the subcontract PI of a R01 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Genetics, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Queen's University, PhD
  • Tongji Medical University, MS
  • Central China Normal University, BS


  • Published on 5/5/2023

    Kumaresan V, Lim Y, Juneja P, Tipton AE, de Guglielmo G, Carrette LLG, Kallupi M, Maturin L, Liu Y, George O, Zhang H. Abstinence from Escalation of Cocaine Intake Changes the microRNA Landscape in the Cortico-Accumbal Pathway. Biomedicines. 2023 May 05; 11(5). PMID: 37239038.

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  • Published on 2/23/2023

    Cai Y, Zhu ZH, Li RH, Yin XY, Chen RF, Man LJ, Hou WL, Zhu HL, Wang J, Zhang H, Jia QF, Hui L. Association between increased serum interleukin-8 levels and improved cognition in major depressive patients with SSRIs. BMC Psychiatry. 2023 Feb 23; 23(1):122. PMID: 36823619.

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  • Published on 8/9/2022

    Chen RF, Cai Y, Zhu ZH, Hou WL, Chen P, Wang J, Jia YM, Zhu ZB, Zhang YH, Tao LY, Wu JW, Zhang J, Zhang H, Wang ZX, Jia QF, Hui L. Sleep disorder as a clinical risk factor of major depression: associated with cognitive impairment. Asian J Psychiatr. 2022 Oct; 76:103228. PMID: 35973338.

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  • Published on 5/27/2022

    Liu Y, Zhang H. RNA m6A Modification Changes in Postmortem Nucleus Accumbens of Subjects with Alcohol Use Disorder: A Pilot Study. Genes (Basel). 2022 May 27; 13(6). PMID: 35741720.

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  • Published on 5/17/2022

    Borrelli KN, Wachman EM, Beierle JA, Taglauer ES, Jain M, Bryant CD, Zhang H. Effect of Prenatal Opioid Exposure on the Human Placental Methylome. Biomedicines. 2022 May 17; 10(5). PMID: 35625888.

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  • Published on 10/2/2021

    Lim Y, Beane-Ebel JE, Tanaka Y, Ning B, Husted CR, Henderson DC, Xiang Y, Park IH, Farrer LA, Zhang H. Exploration of alcohol use disorder-associated brain miRNA-mRNA regulatory networks. Transl Psychiatry. 2021 10 02; 11(1):504. PMID: 34601489.

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  • Published on 11/17/2020

    Moazzam M, Yim T, Kumaresan V, Henderson DC, Farrer LA, Zhang H. Analysis of telomere length variation and Shelterin complex subunit gene expression changes in ethanol-exposed human embryonic stem cells. J Psychiatr Res. 2021 11; 143:543-549. PMID: 33243459.

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  • Published on 6/29/2020

    Wachman EM, Wang A, Isley BC, Boateng J, Beierle JA, Hansbury A, Shrestha H, Bryant C, Zhang H. Placental OPRM1 DNA methylation and associations with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, a pilot study. Explor Med. 2020 Jun; 1(3):124-135. PMID: 33763662.

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  • Published on 6/4/2020

    Lin H, Wang F, Rosato AJ, Farrer LA, Henderson DC, Zhang H. Prefrontal cortex eQTLs/mQTLs enriched in genetic variants associated with alcohol use disorder and other diseases. Epigenomics. 2020 05; 12(9):789-800. PMID: 32496132.

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  • Published on 3/13/2020

    Dai Y, Hu R, Pei G, Zhang H, Zhao Z, Jia P. Diverse types of genomic evidence converge on alcohol use disorder risk genes. J Med Genet. 2020 11; 57(11):733-743. PMID: 32170004.

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