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Dr Jiarui Zhou

J Zhou

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Dr Jiarui Zhou

School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham

Research Interests

Dr Zhou is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Bioinformatics at the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. His research focuses on using AI/ML techniques, in particular graph machine learning, explainable artificial intelligence and network biology, to understand and predict the complex biological systems and ecosystems, with a special focus on addressing emerging challenges in (eco)toxicology and biodiversity.

Supervision Style

In three words or phrases: outcome-oriented, collaborative, transformational.

Provision of Training

At the beginning, I will provide an overview of the research landscape to assist you in finding the appropriate training. Our team of experienced postdocs and I will then work together to supervise your technical training and assist you in identifying a research strategy that will lead to your independence.

Progression Monitoring and Management

I will establish both short and long-term goals for your progress and we will review them regularly together. If you fall behind in your progress, we will work together to identify the issue and adjust the plan accordingly. I will help you reach your full potential and will encourage you to do so whenever possible.


I normally respond to urgent emails and Slack messages promptly, both during the day and in the evening. For regular emails, I aim to reply within two days. I will try to avoid sending any emails during weekends and holidays. Please note that effective communication with other team members is essential and expected.

PhD Students can expect scheduled meetings with me:

In a group meeting

At least once a week

In year 1 of PhD study

At least once a week

In year 2 of PhD study

At least once a fortnight

In year 3 of PhD study

At least once a fortnight

These meetings will be a mixture of face to face or via video chat or telephone, and I am usually contactable for an instant response on every working day.

Working Patterns

The timing of work in my lab is completely flexible, and (other than attending pre-arranged meetings), I expect students to manage their own time.

Notice Period for Feedback

I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.