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
    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 glycemic control and dampens energy-consuming pathways in human adipose tissue. Nutrition, 96, 111583.
    DOI
    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 Scopus1
    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 Scopus1 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Zhao, L., Teong, X. T., Liu, K., Liu, B., Melaku, Y. A., Vincent, A. D., . . . Heilbronn, L. K. (2021). Eating architecture in adults at increased risk of type 2 diabetes: associations with body fat and glycaemic control. The British Journal of Nutrition, [1]-[10].
    DOI Scopus1 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 Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    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 Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    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 Scopus15 WoS14 Europe PMC9
    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.
    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.

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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