Lijun Zhao

Lijun Zhao

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I was a medical doctor and young researcher in endocrinology and sleep medicine in China. Currently, I am a PhD early career researcher in nutrition and metabolism at The University of Adelaide.
My research focuses on diet pattern and obesity, circadian rhythms, sleep and breath disorders and endocrinology diseases. I have a particular interest in understanding how time-restricted eating restores circadian rhythms to improve metabolic health.

My research was to explore the relationship among circadian rhythms, intermittent fasting/eating behavior and metabolic health.

Organization of central and peripheral clocks with external cues and behaviour and metabolic outputs.

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2013 - 2016 Medical Doctor Gansu Provincial Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Best Early Career Researcher Oral Presentation Award Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Australia -
    2020 Award Northern Communities Health Foundation Prize The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2020 Award Florey Medical Research Foundation Prize - Applied Science Category The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2019 Award High degree research travel scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2017 Scholarship Beacon of Enlightenment Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2014 Award Second of young physicians BBS speech Second of young physicians BBS speech China -
    2008 Scholarship Japan “Island” Scholarship Qinghai University China -
    2007 Award “Ganoderma lucidum cup” First Prize in the debate competition Qinghai University China -
    2006 Scholarship "The new Great Wall” Scholarship Qinghai University China -
    2005 Scholarship National Scholarship for Encouragement Qinghai University China -
    2005 Scholarship Outstanding Students First-Class Award Qinghai University China -
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine
    2010 - 2013 Harbin Medical University China Master of Medicine
    2005 - 2010 Qinghai University China Bachelor of Medicine
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2014 Physician' s Practicing License Health and family planning department of Gansu province China
    2011 Physician's registration certificate Health department of Heilongjiang province China
    2008 National computer rank examination certificate The ministry of education of china China
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Hou, C., Ni, R., Zhao, L., Tian, M., Long, X., Lei, C., . . . Yang, X. (2024). Recombinant chimpanzee adenovirus expressing spike protein protects chickens against infectious bronchitis virus. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES, 255, 9 pages.
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    2024 Liu, S., Yu, J., Hao, Y., Gao, F., Zhou, M., & Zhao, L. (2024). Impact of SiO<sub>2</sub> Modification on the Performance of Nafion Composite Membrane. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE, 2024, 10 pages.
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    2024 Jiang, N., Zhang, J., Guo, Z., Wu, Y., Zhao, L., Kong, C., . . . Jiang, M. (2024). Short-course neoadjuvant radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy and toripalimab for locally advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCALE-1): a single-arm phase Ib clinical trial. JOURNAL FOR IMMUNOTHERAPY OF CANCER, 12(1), 11 pages.
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    2024 Melaku, Y. A., Zhao, L., Adams, R., & Eckert, D. J. (2024). Plant-based and vegetarian diets are associated with reduced obstructive sleep apnoea risk. ERJ Open Research, 10(2), 739-2023.
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    2024 Ma, Y., Lin, J., Li, M., Zhu, Y., Zhao, L., Liang, D., . . . Zhao, G. (2024). Effect of lignin on the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked and grilled meat products. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES, 261, 7 pages.
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    2024 Yang, L., Duan, D., Xiong, Y., Liu, T., Zhao, L., Lai, F., . . . Zhou, L. (2024). Preoperative multimodal ultrasonic imaging in a case of Peutz-Jeghers syndrome complicated by atypical lobular endocervical glandular hyperplasia: a case report and literature review. HEREDITARY CANCER IN CLINICAL PRACTICE, 22(1), 13 pages.
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    2023 Zhao, L., Ingram, D. K., Gumpricht, E., De Paoli, T., Teong, X. T., Liu, B., . . . Roth, G. S. (2023). Effects of an Unripe Avocado Extract on Glycaemic Control in Individuals with Obesity: A Double-Blinded, Parallel, Randomised Clinical Trial. Nutrients, 15(22), 12 pages.
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    2023 Fernández-Rodríguez, R., Zhao, L., Bizzozero-Peroni, B., Martínez-Vizcaíno, V., Mesas, A. E., Wittert, G., & Heilbronn, L. K. (2023). Are e-Health Interventions Effective in Reducing Diabetes-Related Distress and Depression in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes? A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 21 pages.
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    2023 Liu, K., Choi, T. S. T., Zhao, L., Teong, X. T., Hutchison, A. T., & Heilbronn, L. K. (2023). A qualitative exploration of behaviour change and maintenance experience in people with overweight or obesity in a dietary intervention. Nutrition and Dietetics, 10 pages.
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    2023 Zhao, L., Hutchison, A. T., Liu, B., Wittert, G. A., Thompson, C. H., Nguyen, L., . . . Heilbronn, L. K. (2023). Time-restricted eating alters the 24-hour profile of adipose tissue transcriptome in men with obesity.. Obesity (Silver Spring), 31(S1), 63-74.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS8 Europe PMC6
    2023 Teong, X. T., Liu, K., Vincent, A. D., Bensalem, J., Liu, B., Hattersley, K. J., . . . Heilbronn, L. K. (2023). Intermittent fasting plus early time-restricted eating versus calorie restriction and standard care in adults at risk of type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial. Nature Medicine, 29(4), 963-972.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS8 Europe PMC9
    2023 Zhao, L., Bidargaddi, N., Vakulin, A., Li, W., Luscombe-Marsh, N., Benton, F., . . . Wittert, G. A. (2023). A micro-randomized pilot study to examine the impact of just-in-time nudging on after-dinner snacking in adults with type 2 diabetes: A study protocol. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 25(9), 2439-2446.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 Zhang, Y., Wang, X., Zhu, Y., Liang, C., Zhao, L., Meng, Q., . . . Xuan, J. (2023). Case Report: Cancer spectrum and genetic characteristics of a <i>de novo</i> germline <i>POLD1</i> p.L606M variant-induced polyposis syndrome. FRONTIERS IN ONCOLOGY, 13, 7 pages.
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    2023 Cao, M., Zhou, C., Yu, H., Wang, S., Wang, L., Li, Z., . . . Zhao, L. (2023). Study on the Influence of Origin and Vinegar Roasting Process on the Chemical Composition of Nutgrass Galingale Rhizome. INDIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES, 85, 51-58.
    2022 Zhao, L., Hutchison, A. T., Liu, B., Yates, C. L., Teong, X. T., Wittert, G. A., . . . Heilbronn, L. K. (2022). Time restricted eating improves glycaemic control and dampens energy-consuming pathways in human adipose tissue. Nutrition, 96, 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS16 Europe PMC13
    2022 Zhao, L., Teong, X. T., Liu, K., Liu, B., Melaku, Y. A., Vincent, A. D., . . . Heilbronn, L. K. (2022). Eating architecture in adults at increased risk of type 2 diabetes: associations with body fat and glycaemic control. The British Journal of Nutrition, 128(2), 324-333.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS4 Europe PMC3
    2021 Zhao, L., Hutchison, A. T., & Heilbronn, L. K. (2021). Carbohydrate intake and circadian synchronicity in the regulation of glucose homeostasis.. Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care, 24(4), 342-348.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS8 Europe PMC10
    2021 Hui, P., Yang, J., Wang, J., Zhao, L., Wang, X., Su, X., . . . Xie, Y. (2021). Association between 5-HT gene polymorphism rs140700 and primary insomnia in Chinese population.. Intern Med J, 51(5), 732-738.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Zhao, L., Jin, S., Liu, X., Wang, B., Song, Z., Hu, J., & Guo, Y. (2021). Assessment of CMIP6 Model Performance for Wind Speed in China. FRONTIERS IN CLIMATE, 3, 8 pages.
    DOI WoS1
    2020 Zhao, L., Hutchison, A. T., Wittert, G. A., Thompson, C. H., Lange, K., Liu, B., & Heilbronn, L. K. (2020). Intermittent fasting does not uniformly impact genes involved in circadian regulation in women with obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 28(Suppl. 1), S63-S67.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS7 Europe PMC4
    2020 Xie, Y., Zhao, Y., Zhou, L., Zhao, L., Wang, J., Ma, W., . . . Wang, J. (2020). Gene polymorphisms (rs324957, rs324981) in NPSR1 are associated with increased risk of primary insomnia: A cross-sectional study.. Medicine, 99(34), e21598.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2018 Zhao, L., Liu, D., Wang, J., Du, J., Hou, X., & Jiang, Y. (2018). Spatial and vertical distribution of radiocesium in seawater of the East China Sea. MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 128, 361-368.
    DOI WoS15
    2016 Hui, P., Jia, S., Ma, W., Zhao, L., Wang, J., Wei, X., . . . Xie, Y. (2016). The clinical significance and changes of serum tumor necrosis factor and plasma endothelium in patients with OSAHS associated Type 2 diabetes mellites. Lin chuang er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Journal of clinical otorhinolaryngology, head, and neck surgery, 30(3), 217-225.
    Scopus1
    2016 Hui, P., Zhao, L., Xie, Y., Wei, X., Ma, W., Wang, J., . . . Zhou, S. (2016). Nocturnal Hypoxemia Causes Hyperglycemia in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 351(2), 160-168.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS16 Europe PMC13
    2015 Hui, P., Xie, Y., Ma, W., Zhao, L., Wang, J., Wei, X., . . . Hou, Y. (2015). Clinical study on efficacy of nasal surgical expansion as a basic operation in treatment of patients with OSAHS. Lin chuang er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Journal of clinical otorhinolaryngology, head, and neck surgery, 29(21), 1860-1863.
    2015 Hui, P., Jia, S., Ma, W., Zhao, L., Wang, J., Wei, X., . . . Xie, Y. (2015). The changes and significance of IL-6 levels in patients with OSAHS associated Type 2 diabetes Mellites. Lin chuang er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Journal of clinical otorhinolaryngology, head, and neck surgery, 29(19), 1726-1728.
    Scopus4 Europe PMC3
    2015 Wang, J., Ma, W., Xie, Y., Hui, P., Zhao, L., Wei, X., & Zhou, L. (2015). The curative effect analysis of continuous positive airway pressure combined with modified oral appliance in the treatment of severe OSAHS. Lin chuang er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Journal of clinical otorhinolaryngology, head, and neck surgery, 29(23), 2044-2047.
    2015 Hui, P., Xie, Y., Wei, X., Zhao, L., Ma, W., Wang, J., . . . Kang, H. (2015). The clinical effect observation for surgery of nose and pharyngeal auxiliary oral appliance in severe OSAHS. Lin chuang er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Journal of clinical otorhinolaryngology, head, and neck surgery, 29(6), 504-508.
    2015 Ma, W., Wang, J., Xie, Y., Xie, P., Hou, Y., Zhang, Z., . . . Zhao, L. (2015). The characteristics of polysomnographic values and synchronous blood pressure in patients of obstructive sleep apnea with hypertension. Lin chuang er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Journal of clinical otorhinolaryngology, head, and neck surgery, 29(6), 520-524.
    Scopus1
    2015 Xu, C., Xie, Y., Kang, H., Ma, W., Hui, P., Wang, J., . . . Zhou, L. (2015). Efficacies of using modified oral appliance after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty in the treatment of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome. National Medical Journal of China, 95(10), 761-765.
    DOI Scopus3 Europe PMC2
    2015 Zhao, L., Hui, P., Xie, Y., Hou, Y., Wei, X., Ma, W., . . . Zhang, W. (2015). Effect of CPAP therapy on dynamic glucose level in OSAHS patients with newly diagnosed T2DM. Zhonghua yi xue za zhi, 95(44), 3579-3583.
    Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2014 Zhao, L. (2014). Soft or Hard Law <i>Effective Implementation of Uniform Sea Transport Rules through the World Trade Organization Framework</i>. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS LAW REVIEW, 11(1), 172-227.
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    - Yu, L., Shi, L., & Zhao, L. (n.d.). E-BIKES REGULATION IN BEIJING. TSINGHUA CHINA LAW REVIEW, 11(2), 341-368.
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I was one of the co-investigators of 5 grants in China funded by National Nature Science Foundation and provincial project.

I was a medical doctor in endocrinology and sleep medicine in China. I launched clinical training for the night sleep monitoring while I was working in Gansu Provincial Hospital, China.

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member The Australian Society For Medical Research Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Australia New Zealand Obesity Society Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Australia Diabetes Society Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member China Sleep Research Society China

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